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Couple get permission to build new home in Gosberton after South Holland District Council planning committee goes against officers' recommendation

South Holland's planning authority has gone against advice from its own officers to allow a new house to be built in Gosberton.

Applicants Mike and Sue Garner originally had their plans to build a three-bedroom home and garage off Cheal Road refused in November 2018, despite support from both parish and district councillors.

However, the district council's planning committee decided to back the Garners' plans, at the second attempt, instead of following a recommendation to turn down the application again.

Gosberton planning news.
Gosberton planning news.

A statement on behalf of the Garners said: "Planning policies and decision making should not penalise rural locations for their less-developed transport networks.

"It has also been confirmed, through the High Court and the Court of Appeal, that development in the proximity of existing buildings cannot be termed isolated by the very definition of the word.

"Additionally, all development in rural areas can help to support the social and economic sustainability of those communities by maintaining the viability of businesses and communities in other villages nearby."

Planning officers had argued that the Cheal Road site was without footpaths, street lighting or bus stops, making it "reasonable to assume" that the Garners "would be heavily reliant on the private car".

It was also claimed that because the area where the Garners plan to leave is "rural and agricultural in nature", their new home "would further intensify existing development in this location".

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