Family lose home after plan refusal
A Spalding family will soon be homeless after retrospective planning permission for their mobile home was refused.
Emotions ran high as councillors discussed the application at length, but in line with the planning officer's recommendation, the application was turned down.
In 2016, an enforcement notice had been served after a mobile home was moved onto the site in Spalding Drove, Clay Lake, believed to have been a scrapyard previously, without planning permission.
The owner appealed the enforcement notice, but lost, and the retrospective application for planning permission followed.
Permission was refused on the grounds of the mobile home being sited in open countryside and being within Flood Zone 3 - which the National Planning Policy Framework classes as 'highly vulnerable'. In addition, the Hazard Mapping within South Holland District Council's Strategic Flood Risk Assessment affects the site.
The property has been built on a concrete block, to mitigate the flood risk, but it was alsoconsidered there was an unacceptable level of neighbouring homes being overlooked.
Ward councillor Harry Drury spoke strongly in support of the application: "Clay Lake is an area of mixed use. This specific property, rightly or wrongly, has been on the site for several years.
"They are a local family, who have a local business on the same road. If you actually look at the site itself, it's not situated in the open countryside and it's surrounded by fencing and bushes."
Coun Rodney Grocock was sympathetic, but had the bigger picture in mind: "The Environment Agency said they are not comfortable with the situation. I feel extremely sorry for the people that have lived there a long time, but it's not down to this committee, it's the Environment Agency that have put us in this situation."