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South Holland planners approve Whaplode gypsy site, Holbeach area gun dog breeding and training centre along with Fleet self-storage site

Plans to create a gypsy and traveller site in Whaplode have been given the green light.

Mrs Angela Compton had applied to South Holland District Council for planning permission to create four pitches at Bleu Ray Farm in Millgate.

Members of the council’s planning committee approved the application during their first virtual meeting on Wednesday, almost four months after deferring the plans.

Bleu Raye Farm, in Millgate, Nr WhaplodePictured from boundary gate and hedge.The house to the right is separate with sign 'Home Farm Button Moon Childcare' (28825299)
Bleu Raye Farm, in Millgate, Nr WhaplodePictured from boundary gate and hedge.The house to the right is separate with sign 'Home Farm Button Moon Childcare' (28825299)

During the February meeting, councillors had asked for more information on a range of issues, including the location of the pitches and day room, details of a landscaping scheme and an ecology report.

Lewis Smith, who represented the applicant, told Wednesday’s meeting that the site had been allocated for this use in the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan and that an ecology survey had found little of interest.

He said: “Rearranging a single-storey development within the site would have no lesser or greater impact (on residents) than would be expected as per the Local Plan allocation.”

Nearby resident Simon Rummery had raised concerns about the impact of the development.

Speaking via video link, Mr Rummery said: “I wish to reiterate the deep concerns of my family and a neighbour about our loss of amenity.”

He said the scale of the development was disproportionate and that five allocated pitches had been granted elsewhere in the district.

Mr Rummery said: “Bleu Ray Farm is no longer needed to reflect the requirements of the Local Plan.”

Questions about the suitability of the site were raised by councillors Peter Coupland and ward member Allan Beal.

But Coun Andrew Tennant said that question had been answered as it was in the Local Plan.

In moving the officer’s recommendation to approve the site, Coun Tennant said: “When an application is deferred, it is deferred for specific reasons and suitable ones.

“I see nothing in there that we can turn around, pick on and say that is the reason for refusal.”

His sentiments were echoed by Coun Harry Drury, while Coun Bryan Alcock said he found it “amazing” how this application arrived in the Local Plan.

Coun James Avery, planning committee vice chairman, said: “I have every sympathy with the local residents but we have a Local Plan and, like it or not, there’s a need for gypsy and traveller sites in South Holland.

“This application fulfils some of the current and future need, but in terms of the physical layout, there’s never going to be a best fit.”

In “regretfully supporting” the application, Coun Christine Lawton said: “I genuinely feel for the residents nearby .”

Twelve councillors voted in support while three were against the application.

Former railway yard to become self-storage site

A former railway yard will be given a new lease of life as part of a self-storage facility.

Mrs S Carter had submitted a change of use application for the land to the rear of the Station House, Hallgate, Fleet.

The application is looking to site a number of storage containers, along with creating a compound and associated parking in parts of the yard.

A haulier will also continue to operate in a small part of the yard, with opening hours to be 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sundays.

At Wednesday’s meeting Coun James Avery said storage was a growth industry and he was comfortable with the application.

Coun Andrew Tennant said: “This is an ideal spot for self-storage.”

But ward member Peter Coupland told the meeting that Eastgate residents had raised concerns about traffic, particularly lorries and large vans.

He said: “Seven-day usage of the site gives no respite to the residents of Eastgate.”

It was approved with 13 councillors voting in favour and two abstentions.

Councillor urged to find compromise with wall plan

Adistrict councillor will be heading back to the drawing board with his application to build a boundary wall.

Coun Michael Seymour wants to build a 1.8metre high wall around his property in Kentfields, Woodhouse Lane, Holbeach.

But Lincolnshire County Council highways officers recommended that the planning application be refused unless the wall is moved back in order to ensure visibility for motorists.

Wednesday’s virtual meeting was told that Coun Seymour wanted to keep a number of trees in the garden that would have to be removed if the wall was moved back.

Coun Chris Brewis initially moved for the application to be refused and a fresh one put in, while Coun Peter Coupland said that he should imagine trees already create some obstruction.

Coun Jack Tyrrell said: “I have raised concerns in the past about visibility displays and walls being in the way which highways never pick up on, but today they pick up on it.”

Coun Harry Drury said: “I am minded that we should not be going against Highways’ recommendation. It is not often they stick their oar in as they usually let them through.”

Coun Bryan Alcock said he felt sure that a compromise could be found between the applicant and the highways officers before moving that the application should be deferred for more discussions between the two parties.

Dog breeding and training centre is 'paws-ibble' with planning permission

Plans for a gun dog breeding and training facility have been approved.

Mrs Charlotte Holmes has permission to keep up to 20 dogs and to demolish parts of a glasshouse to make way for kennels at her property in Dog Drove North, Holbeach Drove.

A number of councillors did have concerns about noise levels attached to this proposal, despite the council’s environmental protection team having received no complaints about the site.

Coun Michael Seymour told the meeting that a kennel on his patch with 30 dogs brings in a lot of complaints, while Coun Jim Astill said that he also had concerns.

Coun James Avery said: “Given there has not been an official complaint to environmental protection, I think we are being a bit hard on the applicant.”

Coun Peter Coupland said gun dogs were encouraged not to bark.

Thumbs up for detached home plans

Plans for a detached home have been given the go-ahead.

Mr and Mrs Holmes submitted a reserved matters application to South Holland District Council to construct a four-bedroom detached home on plot 1, Broadgate, Whaplode Drove.

The site has an outline permission for three plots.

During Wednesday’s planning committee Coun Jim Astill moved for the application to be approved.

Coun Harry Drury said he was more than happy to second the application as there were no objections from statutory bodies.

Coun Michael Seymour concurred and the application was unanimously approved by committee members.

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