Moulton family living in chaos as planning battle rumbles on
A family of eight is living in cramped conditions in a Moulton house as a planning battle puts their renovation project on hold.
At Wednesday’s meeting of South Holland District Council’s planning committee, members deferred a decision on whether to allow cladding (see below) - leaving the family in limbo.
Lorraine Anglum, who has lived in the property for ten to twelve years, said: “It’s a nightmare really as my daughter, her partner and four children are living with me, plus another of my grandchildren too.
“We’re all squashed into the three bedroom house at the moment and it’s been going on for 18 months.”
Previous permission for the Broad Lane propertyhad allowed the front of the house to be rendered, however brown cladding has been applied instead after builders found it impossible to apply this.
Work halted when council officers said this was not permitted - and the wait for a solution continues as officers now aim to agree a compromise.
Lorraine added: “The whole reason for doing this was to help my daughter and her partner. They’re in their early thirties and with the market how it is at the moment they wouldn’t be able to get a mortgage.
“I just wanted more bedrooms to accommodate them.
“At the moment, the youngest grand daughter who is 10 doesn’t have anywhere to sleep. Sometimes she’s sleeping with her mum or me and sometimes she’s on the floor.
“We are able to live here but there’s eight of us sharing my en suite shower room and although the garage is partially converted, part of it is being used as a bedroom for my daughter and her partner.”
Reference was made to the cladding not being in-keeping with style of other properties in the village but Mrs Anglum says she has proven otherwise.
She said: “I actually sent pictures to the planning department of other houses in the village with cladding. Don’t they look at the details before they make a decision?
“If it wasn’t for all of this, it could have been finished by Christmas.”
Decision on hold as councillors call for compromise
Councillors called on their officers to work with a family on a compromise solution to a planning row that has brought their home renovation to a halt.
At last week’s planning committee meeting, district councillors discussed an application to amend the permission for an extension to a home in Broad Lane in Moulton.
They were told that the access to the side is too narrow for the home to be rendered - as originally planned - and that neighbours will not allow access to their property for the work to be done.
Builder John Townsend explained that this is why cladding has been applied to the home instead - and claimed the family were ‘misled’ by an architect who led them to believe this was covered by previous planning permission.
Council officers had visited and told builders to pause the work until permission could be sought for a modification of the plans.
Coun Anthony Casson said the space at the side of the house had not changed since the original plans were passed and added: “I think it looks absolutely terrible.”
Coun Rodney Grocock said the appearance of the cladding was ‘horrendous’ and had left people in Moulton ‘very, very upset’.
He added: “I really do feel for the builder and the person who lives there - it’s a nightmare scenario - but I would be happy if as much rendering could be put on that house as possible and get rid of that cladding to make everybody else in Moulton feel that it fits in with the street scene as much as possible.”
However, Coun Christine Lawton questioned whether it was as bad - or as out of character - as had been suggested.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones called for a compromise, asking if the front could be rendered and the cladding applied to the side - where it would be less visible.
Members voted for the decision to be deferred to allow for this compromise to be drawn up - and for officers to be allowed to sort it. Coun Peter Coupland called for quick progress for the builder and residents’ sake.