GEDNEY PARISH COUNCIL: New Local Plan takes effect in Gedney parish as two applications are turned down in order to protect 'existing rural character' of its villages
The turning down of two separate plans for homes in the Gedney Parish Council area has been described as "an interesting development".
Applications to build a bungalow off Topsgate, Gedney, and a detached house off Marsh Road, Gedney Drove End, were both refused by South Holland District Council during March.
In both cases, the main reason given was that both homes would have a "harmful effect upon the existing rural character" of the villages concerned.
Both applications were decided after a new South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, a policy on new developments in South Holland and Boston, came into effect.
During a meeting on Tuesday, Gedney parish councillor Andrew Parks said: "Now the new Local Plan is in place, the argument that the district council doesn't have an adequate supply of housing no longer holds.
"Therefore, it's going to be a bit more difficult for people to interfere with the overall look of a village which makes this an interesting development."