‘Deep concern’ over Boston Spa Church Fields plans

The Church Fields in Boston Spa. (090507GS1c)
The Church Fields in Boston Spa. (090507GS1c)

Boston Spa parish councillors have expressed their ‘deep concern’ over a decision to allow builder Taylor Wimpey to put up more than 150 homes in the centre of Boston Spa.

At the monthly meeting this week, chairman of the parish council, David Thomson, said: “All the councillors have expressed their deep concerns about the decision made regarding Church Fields.

“We are now in the process of drafting a letter to Eric Pickles, Secretary of state for Communities and Local Government ,to express our concern about the plan to him, although we accept that this appeal has gone through, the strength of feeling in the village is still strong.”

Two weeks ago the Wetherby News revealed that builders Taylor Wimpey had been granted planning permission on the Church Fields site in the centre of Boston Spa, despite more than 800 objections to the plan.

Taylor Wimpey have stated their intention to start building homes on the greenfield site before the end of the year. Taylor Wimpey also have permission for a 45-space public car park included in the plan.

Councillor David Thomson said at the monthly meeting on Monday that he hoped ‘one or two’ of the homes developed by Taylor Wimpey would be adapted for disabled people.

He said: “I hope that as well as being affordable homes for local people, a couple of houses will be developed to assist disabled people.”

Councillors decided to send a letter to MP Eric Pickes within ‘the next few weeks’ on behalf of the council.

Councillor Terry Gaussen, who was at the parish council meeting, said: “We are waiting to see what happens next, I think everybody on the council feels a little resigned about the decision made and we are now awaiting the next move.”