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Holbeach Drove home plan is approved

A retiring non-commissioned RAF officer was granted permission to build a family home in Holbeach Drove after an hour-long debate.

Sgt Leeson Griffiths spoke passionately about his upbringing in the village and how he wished to return there and work in agriculture and bring up his own family.

However, the plans for a four-bedroom, one-and-a-half storey dwelling on Dog Drove North, was recommended for refusal by planning officers, on the grounds the site was not considered to be suitable owing to lack of amenities and local services.

Ward councillor, Malcolm Chandler, pointed out that the house numbering along Dog Drove North was originally deliberately spaced by the council, so infill housing could be built in the future.

But chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones warned members of the danger of approving such an application, saying it would potentially open the floodgates for further applications in the countryside.

However, after voting down a motion to reject the application, councillors voted to approve the proposal, with the caveat that specific conditions regarding the new build house were to be agreed at a future meeting.

An area of waste land which used which used to be a field of glasshouses in Weston Hills can become an equestrian area.

The application was made retrospectively after an initially rejection on the grounds of the proposed stable block and storage container having a negative effect on the nearby properties.

The plans were approved after the applicant agreed to move the storage container - used for storing a tractor for grass cutting - and the stable block away from houses.

In addition, trees will be planted around the container by way of screening.

Ward councillor, Anthony Casson said: “I can’t see any problem whatsoever with it.”

However, Coun Bryan Alcock was concerned over the new siting of the container, being behind people’s houses, saying: “If you’re going to inconvenience someone, then inconvenience yourself – somebody else is going to have it behind their house. I find it sad.”

Re-submitted plans for two detached houses in Crowland were again turned down.

Developer Amelio Homes wanted outline permission to build the properties behind 10 Peterborough Road.

The parish council objected to the plan on the grounds of overdevelopment.

Ward councillor Jim Astill also objected, noting the properties were situated significantly higher than in the previous application and also dismissed a noise assessment, which had been carried out “in the middle of a [silent] field”. Coun Bryan Alcock noted that the turning area proposed would inconvenience other neighbours.

Long Sutton district councillor Laura Eldridge’s plans for a two-storey extension at her Sutton St James home were approved.

The plans came before the committee for approval as the applicant is an elected member.


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