Council provides nursery couple with home boost

South Holland District Council planning committee has given Russell and Charlotte Holmes, owners of Morningside Nurseries, Holbeach Drove, permission to build a three-bedroom home at the site.
South Holland District Council planning committee has given Russell and Charlotte Holmes, owners of Morningside Nurseries, Holbeach Drove, permission to build a three-bedroom home at the site.
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A young couple behind a blooming flower business in Holbeach Drove can plan for expansion after winning the right to build their own home.

Russell (30) and Charlotte Holmes (25) have been living in temporary housing after South Holland District Council turned down a bid to build a mobile home at Morningside Nurseries in Dog Drove 
North.

The couple want to build a three-bedroom home at the site, but planning officers claimed there was no need for a house over fears their business wouldn’t be able to meet living costs.

But Russell and Charlotte are set to starting building work early next year after the council’s planning committee voted 14-0, with one abstention, to give planning permission to the couple for their new home.

Charlotte said: “It’s absolutely brilliant news and the response we got from the planning committe couldn’t have been better.

“It was lovely to hear how complimentary and supportive they were about our case, although it did come as a shock to us.”

Russell and Charlotte started their flower and cabbage growing business six years ago and have seen sales double over the last three years.

“We were very disappointed when the planning officer recommended refusal because we thought the council was supposed to back cases like ours,” Charlotte said.

“But we just knuckled down and got more information together to show the planning committee that the temporary accommodation we’re living in now costs us more to heat than a three-bedroomed home would.”