Play area changes yet to be approved

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A decision over whether to allow changes to be made to a village play area has been put on hold.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee has deferred the proposals for Whaplode Drove’s Elizabethan Centre so planning officers can negotiate between the applicant and objectors from a nearby house.

In June, councillors had voted in favour of the plans for new play equipment at the centre – subject to council officers, the applicant and objectors agreeing the position and length of a fence to screen off the area.

However, on Wednesday officers told how they felt the fence was unnecessary and equipment could be swapped around so a smaller item was placed nearest to the objector’s house.

Committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said he understood why objectors would want a barrier but said he did not think a fence would address their concerns.

He also said he felt there was a “degree of long-term animosity” between the parties.

Coun David Wilkinson added: “I think we all agree there is a problem and the solution we came up with was not the right one.”