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Whaplode-based builder loses appeal to be allowed to expand business by converting paddock into storage yard




Whaplode villagers appear to have won their fight to stop a builder from expanding his business in the countryside.

Martyn Lakey, of MPL Home Improvements Ltd. had appealed against the refusal of planning permission which would have allowed him to turn a paddock into a storage yard for building materials.

The plans were opposed by Whaplode Parish Council after complaints from villagers living near the site, off Little Lane, who claimed that Mr Lakey had started expansion work without planning permission.

A builder has been refused permission to convert this paddock, off Little Lane, Whaplode, into a storage yard for building materials. Photo: 010818123SG
A builder has been refused permission to convert this paddock, off Little Lane, Whaplode, into a storage yard for building materials. Photo: 010818123SG

South Holland District Council’s decision in October 2018 to turn down Mr Lakey’s planning application was backed by a government planning inspector in a report published at the end of June.

In the report, the Planning Inspectorate said: “The area is predominantly agricultural in character and the introduction of a builder’s yard would have an unacceptable marked change on this character.

“Additionally, the level of activity at the site would be likely to cause a level of noise and disturbance which would harm the living conditions of those occupying nearby residential properties.

A planning inspector has ruled that an application to expand a home improvements business, off Little Lane, Whaplode, 'would have a harmful impact' on the area. Photo: 010818125SG
A planning inspector has ruled that an application to expand a home improvements business, off Little Lane, Whaplode, 'would have a harmful impact' on the area. Photo: 010818125SG

“The development would also result in a material increase in the amount of traffic using Little Lane during the working day.”

Builder at centre of row over expansion plans in village

. A plan to build homes in Weston Hills, turned down by South Holland District Council in August 2018, has been rejected again.

Pinchbeck-based developers Applegate UK had wanted to redevelop an area of farmland in Broadgate with what it described as “five, high-quality units in a sought-after location”.

But a government planning inspector said it would cause “significant environmental harm” to the area.

South Holland District Council's offices in Spalding. Photo: SG290114-223NG
South Holland District Council's offices in Spalding. Photo: SG290114-223NG

Meanwhile, a decision to block a new takeaway from opening in Spalding has been overturned on appeal.

The Planning Inspectorate, a government department that deals with regional and national development policies, ruled that a new takeaway in New Road would not “adversely affect” existing food shops in the town.”



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