Care home can expand

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FOSTER carers in Shepeau Stow have been granted permission to expand their home.

Applicants Mr and Mrs Ivatt, who have been foster carers for 12 years, already have four children of their own and want to expand their home on Oxcroft Bank with a first floor side extension to a five-bedroom house.

The application had already gained approval from Social Services when it went before South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

Councillors were told the dwelling, Don Lea, was the central property of a set of three built on the site of an old nursery. Each are detached four to five-bed houses set on large plots, well back from the road.

An objection had been received from the owners of the property to the south it at Matheson House, who raised concerns the rear window would be “highly intrusive providing no privacy in the rear garden”.

However, a report by planning assistant Tracey Meachen said Matheson House would not be overlooked as the expansion would be in line with its rear wall.

Following an objection to the original application, the width of the extension was amended from 4.7m to 4.05m, creating a 1.9m gap that was considered would reduce the “overbearing effect”.

Coun Robert Creese agreed and said: “I don’t see any increase in the nuisance of it overlooking.”