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Gedney Hill homeless veterans plan and Gosberton Risegate pub demolition both on hold

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Plans for a facility for homeless veterans were put on hold - after councillors asked for more details on how it will work.

John Murray wants permission to establish 'Project Dignity' in Gedney Hill - creating 'barracks-style' accommodation to reintegrate veterans into society.

South Holland District Council's planning committee supported the principle - but wanted more details on the 24/7 care provided to the men on site, fearing a 'tragedy' if this was not handled correctly.

John Murray has spearheaded the Project Dignity plans. (47111425)
John Murray has spearheaded the Project Dignity plans. (47111425)

Members had been recommended to support the plans by council officers - but instead voted in favour of deferring a decision to try to get more details.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said he had personal experience of losing a friend who had suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - and said he would be 'ashamed' if the council passed something it wasn't certain about and it led to a death.

He said this application - whose general idea he supported - was dealing with people with 'significant' problems, adding: "Those problems may well lead to potential death if not properly managed at that time I can tell you that now because I know.

"I want certainty - as best you can provide certainty - that should that situation arise the safry net is there as best it can be."

Three members - Jim Astill, Rodney Grocock and Andrew Tennant - had voted in favour of the scheme, arguing veterans were owed support in getting help, especially in the run up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Also at last night's committee meeting:

  • Plans for 123 homes in Sutton Bridge were refused - despite the applicant saying Environment Agency data challenges the council's view on flood risk. The authority's assessment is that building on these homes would not be safe.
  • Members refused to let Loosegate Developments cut eight affordable homes from its scheme for land off Wignals Gate in Holbeach. The developer pointed to the rising cost of materials - but the councillors stood by an independent assessor who ruled that the homes could still make a profit, albeit a reduced one.
  • Members also deferred a scheme to knock down the Duke of York pub in Gosberton Risegate - calling for the family to provide proof of the suggestion that the building is beyond saving as a pub.

What do you think about the decisions? Email jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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