Retrospective planning permission is likely to be granted over the removal of a window at the old Station Gates pub in Spalding.
The pub – situated on the corner of Winsover Road and Station Road – stopped trading last year and changed to retail use under a permitted change. It is now an off licence and shop.
Matters relating to signage are a standalone matter
The applicant Mr Z Abdullah originally applied to replace one of the original Victorian windows with a pair of double doors in June.
The application was turned down by members of South Holland District Council’s planning committee as it would “cause unnacceptable harm to the character of a prominent traditional building”.
Discussions were held with Mr Abdullah and the current proposal submitted to replace the side window with a new window and door opening.
However, the applicant then carried out the work before the plan had been considered.
In his report to councillors, the planning officer states: “In their completed form, it is considered that the applicant has overcome the previous reason for refusal.
“Whilst it is accepted that the works have altered the appearance of the building, on balance, it is not considered that there is sufficient justification to refuse the proposal.”
The report says the door was required for the removal and installation of refrigeration equipment on site.
At the planning meeting next Wednesday officers will recommend that councillors approve the application.
Councillors will hear that the Victorian building is just outside the Spalding Conservation Area. It is not listed.
Spalding and District Civic Society have raised no objections.
A report before planning councillors says there have been objections from two households, questioning the need for doors and saying they are out of keeping with the building.
The report concludes: “All matters relating to signage are a standalone matter.”