Flats plan passed – with rider

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COUNCILLORS have allowed two flats to remain at a village children’s home, but have warned they won’t support them being treated as separate properties in the future.

COUNCILLORS have allowed two flats to remain at a village children’s home, but have warned they won’t support them being treated as separate properties in the future.

The Regard Partnership applied for retrospective planning permission for Roman House on Washway Road, Saracen’s Head, after converting an annexe at the children’s home into two flats.

The flats have been designed to support two vulnerable individuals, aged 18 or above, who are moving from full-time care to independent living.

However, the plans were brought before South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday after objections were raised from Whaplode Parish Council and local residents.

Coun Malcolm Chandler, speaking as ward member, said the principle of the business should be supported.

However, he added that Saracen’s Head is a small village with less than 200 properties, is outside the development area, its nearest shop is three miles away and there is no public transport.

“The erection of two additional dwellings is unsustainable,” he said.

Coun Howard Johnson said he felt the conversion had been done “pretty efficiently” but Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said he was concerned about what would happen if the firm no longer wanted the flats.

Councillors agreed to grant permission, but asked for a note to be attached to explain the council would not support the flats as separate homes, unconnected to the business, in the future.