A MAJOR need for social housing in Derbyshire could see new homes built in Overseal.
A topographical study has been carried at land off Lullington Road in the village, with the view of building up to 14 new houses there.
The potential development was discussed at the October meeting of Overseal Parish Council, where Steve Frost, a councillor on South Derbyshire Dictrict Council said it would be a small development by the authority at land it owned, which currently houses allotments.
He said: “Everyone knows there is a severe housing need and a massive social housing shortage in Derbyshire and across the country.
“We already own the pockets of land so don’t have to buy it. We need to fill it with social housing to facilitate a need that is already there.
“The council as a developer has no need to engage with locals on any developments but it’s the council so we want to tap into what people feel and work with them accordingly.”
Chair of the parish council, Councillor Carole Knight, pointed out that the land is outside the village framework. She said: “To that degree the village would be extended by ten houses.”
Some councillors questioned what was meant by social housing amid concerns that Overseal is a ‘family village.’
Councillor Frost said: “A lot of us have young families growing up who can’t afford to get on the property ladder. The houses are appropriate for people that are already there.”
There were also concerns that the village primary school was already to capacity and needed extra space for current students.
South Derbyshire has a waiting list of more than 2,000 people in need of social housing.
Councillor Frost added: “It only takes a family that can’t pay the money any more and their house has been repossessed. We have got families going off and living in B &B’s.”
He explained that when the new Government came in three years ago it made all councils buy their own premises back
He said: “If we’ve got the money available it makes sense that the property comes back to us instead of unscrupulous landlords.”