Spalding art gallery hopes dashed again

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HOPES for an art gallery to be built on land on Spalding Common have been dashed once again.

The Lincolnshire Gallery failed to win the backing of South Holland District Council’s planning committee for its plans on Wednesday.

Its owners had been looking to build a gallery with teaching facilities and a car park.

It was the second time the development had come before the committee, although this time the design had been altered in a bid to address some of the concerns raised at earlier meetings.

It had also been turned down at an appeal in February.

Putting the case forward for the gallery, agent Peter Hemmings said the proposed building was now a single storey and had a reduced footprint.

He said they had contacted the district and county councils, Brown & Co and Longstaff estate agents to consider alternative sites but none had been suitable.

Mr Hemmings urged councillors to consider how Spalding Common was a future growth area, with plans already approved for a development of more than 2,000 homes opposite.

However, after a short discussion councillors voted to refuse permission.

Coun Rita Rudkin called on the gallery owners to consider other towns in the area.

“Last time, I said that although this was not the right place, the idea of a gallery was superb,” she said. “If the application is unsuccessful this time I would encourage him to come and look in Holbeach for a suitable site.”

Coun Christine Lawton said she felt the gallery plans had been “out of character” for Spalding Common.