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Spalding MP office recommended for planning approval

Planners are set to give the green light for a retrospective planning application for the new offices of South Holland the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes.

Members of South Holland District Council have been recommended to approve the change of use application for a new MP constituency office in 24-25 Westlode Street Spalding.

The South Holland and the Deepings Conservative Association officially opened their new headquarters, in a former taxi office, last month.

Sir John Hayes cuts the ribbon of the new Conservative office in Westlode Street
Sir John Hayes cuts the ribbon of the new Conservative office in Westlode Street

Association Chairman and applicant Coun Paul Redgate said a planning application had been submitted in August but it has taken time to find the appropriate planning classification.

He said: "If you go down the classifications that exist, nothing really exists for this sort of thing. It is really more than of a Citizens' Advice Bureau.

"It has taken us a lot of time to work through the cogs in the system."

Coun Redgate said that the association had seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of people dropping into the office since moving into Westlode Street.

The association had previously been based in the former college building in Broad Street.

Coun Redgate said the new premises aremulti-functional and more up to the needs of the party.

He also said it provides a more professional atmosphere.

Coun Redgate said: "The idea of the office is for people to come in and have a conversation. People can see us and stop by. If they have any issues they can speak to John.

"Everyone is really happy."

A report to the district council's planning committee on Wednesday states that the application does not represent "any significant or unacceptable change in use".

The report also states that the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which encourages local authorities to consider discrimination and the needs of people who are disadvantaged, is one factor that needs to be considered.

The application is recommended for approval with two conditions.

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