PUB landlords Kiernan and Bobby Darnell are considering an appeal after South Holland District councillors passed plans for a four-bedroom bungalow on part of a site used as a car park by their customers.
The land is opposite the Golden Ball pub in Riverbank, Spalding, and has been used as a car park for ten or more years.
Wellesley Capital Investment Ltd previously applied to build two homes on the site but that application was rejected after Lincolnshire County Council objected, saying there would be “a detrimental impact caused by the loss of a car park on what is a narrow road”.
The county council withdrew its highways objection when the company applied for one four-bedroom bungalow and the district council development control committee approved the plans on Tuesday night.
The development control committee imposed a string of conditions, including one saying the area north of the residential boundary must be retained as a car park in accordance with details submitted to and approved in writing by the planning authority.
Speaking after the meeting, Bobby Darnell said: “We are disappointed. Judging by the way they were arguing about it there was a reluctant vote for approval, but they have to follow the letter of the law.
“It’s unfortunate but we will live to fight another day.”
Bobby and his brother Kiernan are now considering an appeal.
Bobby said: “It’s something my brother and I will discuss.”
Kiernan spoke at the development control meeting and told councillors: “Approval of this application will remove this site from our control.”
He said up to 20 cars could be parked on the road at busy periods.
Development control manager Paul Jackson told members they would seriously struggle if they tried to refuse the planning application on the grounds of loss of car parking.
He said the council was trying to make the best of the situation by conditioning the consent to retain some parking.
Committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones explained it was not an application for a brand, spanking new pub – it was an application by the owners of a site who no longer wish to use some of their land as a car park.
The district council received 116 pro-forma letters of objection to the plans.