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Additional property plan thwarted

A Holbeach Drove couple who wanted to build a home in the grounds of their nursery business saw the plan rejected by councillors.

Applicant Charlotte Holmes explained to the committee that, as advised by experts in view of Brexit and business patterns, the way forward for their fresh cut flowers business is to diversify and add different threads to build sustainability.

The proposed detached house was to be built on currently disused land between Morningside Nurseries and 96 Dog Drove North, to be put on the market, rather than to be occupied by the applicant's family.

Mrs Holmes added that the house would be in a sustainable location, with schools, bus, petrol station and community centre all nearby and that it was not in open countryside, being cushioned between two villages.

However, chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones was clearly unimpressed by the plan, moving for it to be refused before the speaker had taken the stand. He reaffirmed his position after Mrs Holmes had spoken, seconded by Coun Christine Lawton.

After Coun Harry Drury had spoken in support of the application, saying it was in a residential location, rather than open countryside, the committee was reminded by planning officers that the definition of 'open countryside', in planning terms, meant that a site was outside the settlement area within the local plan, or the emerging local plan in the case of South Holland.

Reminded of this, councillors then voted to refuse the application.


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