Planners throw out ‘dog’s breakfast’ alterations at Spalding shop

South Holland District Council has thrown out a planning application, after the work was done, for alterations to The Station Gates in Winsover Road, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
South Holland District Council has thrown out a planning application, after the work was done, for alterations to The Station Gates in Winsover Road, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The owner of a Spalding off-licence faces the embarrassing prospect of putting it back to how it was after recent alterations were slammed by district councillors.

A retrospective or post-work planning application to fit a new door and window at the former Station Gates pub in Winsover Road was refused 13-1 by South Holland District Council at a meeting tonight.

Owner and applicant Zagros Abdullah was branded “bloody-minded” by one councillor after planned alterations to the building had previously been rejected in June.

Other committee members accused Mr Abdullah of ignoring planning law, leaving the building looking “out of proportion, a mess and “perfectly” horrible”.

A report by planning officers recommended the work should be allowed to stand, a move backed by Sutton Bridge district councillor Chris Brewis who said: “on balance, I think the planning officers have got it right”.

But in his succeassful motion for refusal, Spalding St Mary’s district councillor Harry Drury said: “The proposed alterations cause unacceptable harm to the character of what is a prominent and traditional building, as well as the wider conservation area to which it is adjacent (neighbouring).”

How The Station Gates looked before the alterations were made.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

How The Station Gates looked before the alterations were made. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The planning committee did appprove plans for two new four-bedroom chalet bungalows to be built in Railway Lane South, Sutton Bridge, despite concerns overflood risk and highway safety.

Coun Brewis branded the site “the single most unsuitable place in the (Sutton Bridge) parish for development, backed up by opposition to the plans from residents and the Environment Agency.

But the plans were backed 13-1 on the same night when unanimous planning permission was given for a two-bedroomed bungalow in Welbourne Lane North, Holbeach.

Retrospective consent likely for changes to former Spalding pub

The proposed alterations cause unacceptable harm to the character of what is a prominent and traditional building

Coun Harry Drury, Spalding St Mary’s Ward