Planning Concerns

 Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 1st September 2020 (main items)

Application S/086/01831/16, Health Centre, Manor House Street, Horncastle
Revised submission for proposal to replace existing Health Centre with an eco-friendly domestic property.
Decision: Approved (subject to 5 pages of conditions).
Current Position: Demolition works completed. No further work on the redevelopment. Site tidied from over growth.
Proposed development understood to be on hold. Arrangements being made with the owner to allow site to be used
by the Contractor during the remedial work to the Roman Wall behind the Community Centre.
Application S/086/01840/18 Foundry Yard, Holt Lane, Horncastle, LN9 6AL
Revised application (again for two dwellings).
Response: No objection but with query concerning rights of access and other minor comments.
Decision: Approved (subject to 5 pages of conditions, including comment re existing access rights)
Current position: Construction well advanced on 1 property; other property not started. Large semi permanent shed
has appeared at entrance and does not appear on the Approved Plans. To be monitored. Further metal roofed sheds
have appeared and look relatively permanent. Query sent to Planning Enforcement 4th December 2019. MJH to chase
a response.
Application S/086/00122 & 00123/19: 21 & 23 High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HL
Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent for Change of use =, conversion of, internal and external alterations to
former store…to provide 2 No residential units: 21 and 23 High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HL
Response: Objection on grounds that information incomplete. No objection to the principal but detail inadequately
defined.
Decision: Approved, subject to 3 pages of conditions (including some of the points raised by the Society) .
Current Position: Internal work on-going.
Application S/086/00180/19 8, Queen Street, Horncastle LN9 6BD
Planning Permission: Erection of metal railings along boundary.
Response: No objections. Application commended for reinstatement of original style railings which will much improve
the street scene. Comment re health & safety consideration on design of proposed railing tops.
Decision: Approved.
Position as at 1st September 2020: No change. Excavation and refilling carried out in preparation for the installing the
railings. House up for sale.
Application S/086/00425/19 3-5, Bridge Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HZ
Planning Permission for conversion, extension and alterations to former restaurant to form 6 No Appartments. Part of
building to be demolished.
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Response: Objection due to increase number of flats proposed.
Decision: Approved. External works to front look to have been completed. Internal works ongoing. As at 1st
September 2020, on-going internal work and re-formatting window openings in rear wall.)
Applications: S/086/01903 &01904/18 The Fighting Cocks, West Street, Horncastle, LN9 5JF
Planning Approval & Listed Building Consent: Internal & External Alterations to existing Public House, including
demolition of lean to garage and erection of a purpose built micro-brewery building (single storey).
Response: No objection with minor comments and queries.
Decision: Approved with minor conditions.
Current Position: As at 1st September 2020: no signs of recent activity.
Application S/086/00832/19 11, Prospect Street, Horncastle, LN9 5BA
Rear extension and alterations to existing house to provide 2No groundfloor additional bedrooms and an en suite
shower room.
Response: Comments raised re potential clash with boundary (ref. Neighbour Comments), nature of rainwater goods
and ventilation openings.
Decision: Approved.
Current Position: As at 1st September 2020: no apparent action on site.
Application S/086/00259/20 18, East Street, Horncastle LN9 6AZ
Proposal to replace 3 No external windows (with timber frames in style to match neighbouring properties).
Response:Minor comments re details of proposed windows should better match the originals.
Decision: Awaited.
Application S/086/00645 Horncastle College [Holmeleigh], Mareham Road, Horncastle LN9 6BW
Planning Permission - Erection of a multi-use building which will house learning and office facilities for Boston College,
with a separate facility for East Lindsey District Council staff on the site of existing buildings and portable buildings
which are to be demolished, provision of 2 car parks, secure cycle and bin storage, generator and substation and
pedestrian walkways.
Response: Whilst looking to support the proposal to move ELDC Headquarters to Horncastle, significant concerns were
raised, including the proposed demolition of one of the crescent of Holmeleigh cottage homes, the apparent lack of
appreciation of the history of the site, lack of attempting to fit in with the existing retained buildings, loss of many of
the trees, little proposed screening and archaeological matters. See attached appendix for the full comments.
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Decision: Approved subject to conditions. Approval allows demolition of Ralph Bennett House (one of the original
crescent f 1930’s "cottage homes” but there is a condition that the demolition can only take place once the proposed
new combined council offices / college building is substantially complete.
Application reference S/086/00687/20 10 - 11 MARKET PLACE, HORNCASTLE, LINCOLNSHIRE, LN9 5HB
Listed Building Consent - Internal alterations to the existing building to create a porch area to facilitate the subdivision
of existing shop into 2no. shops (works started). External alterations to remove paraphernalia from shop front.
Response: No objection but minor queries raised
Decision:Approved.
Present Position: Refurbishment of the two shops completed and the shops have opened.
Application reference S/086/0060 4 & 00605 /20 19 ST LAWRENCE STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 5BJ
(i)Planning Permission - Change of use, conversion of and alterations to existing building which is a listed building to
provide 2no. self contained first floor flats, replace existing first floor window to provide a door and provision of a
metal staircase to the rear.
(ii) Listed Building Consent - Alterations to existing building to provide 2no. self contained first floor flats, replace
existing first floor window to provide a door and provision of a metal staircase to the rear.
Response: No objection to the general principle but points raised on matters of detail.
Decisions: Approved subject to conditions.
Application reference S/086/00840 & 00841 /20 CAGTHORPE HALL, CAGTHORPE, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6DZ
(i) Planning Permission - Change of use, conversion of and alterations to existing office which is a listed building to form
a dwelling.
(ii) Listed Building Consent - Conversion of and internal and external alterations to existing office to form a dwelling
Response: No objection in principle but queries relating to details, including viability of proposed parking
arrangements. The proposal maintains the outward appearance of this historic chapel and makes features of parts of
the internal existing balcony and ceiling rose.
An amendment received:
Response: no major objection to the amendments but query re impact of proposed wall on access to No 5 Cagthorpe.
Decision: Approved.
Application reference S/086/00935/20 : 11 CROFT STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6BE
Planning Permission - Rear extension to existing house to provide an enlarged kitchen, sun lounge and shower room on
the site of an existing conservatory which is to be demolished.
Response: Pending.
Decision: Not yet due.
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Application reference S/086/00880/20 : 72 QUEEN STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6BG
Planning Permission - Alterations to existing house to provide replacement windows and doors.
Response: Objection to use of uPCV to rear and design of replacement front door.
Decision: Pending
Application reference S/086/01216/20 : 37 HIGH STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 5HP
Listed Building Consent - Alterations to existing building to provide replacement joinery including windows and door
Response: Pending
Application Reference S/086/01341/20 19-23 BULL RING, HORNCASTLE, LN9 5HU
Change of use, conversion of and alterations to existing shop to provide a restaurant.
Response: Pending
Application Reference: S/086/01208/20 : 10 CROFT STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6BE
Planning Permission - Erection of a detached bungalow, 1no. pair of semi-detached houses and construction of
vehicular access. [NB: Access via Hammerton Lane.]
Response : Pending
General
1 E-mails from David Lawrence re Dilapidations:.
1.1 Queen Street old chapel (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement website: 4th Dec 2019))
1.2 Post Office, water penetration (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement: 4th Dec 2019))
1.3 Punch House, window frame No Action taken.
1.4 6, Market Place: state of rendering. (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement: 4th Dec 2019))
Points 1.1, 1.2 & 1.4 discussed with Conservation Officer during walk around Horncastle Feb 2020. Planning
Department have been in discussion with the owner over the proposals for 3.4.
Acknowledgement received but no further formal responses to date. MJH to chase.
2 Hammerton Lane (off East Street ): buildings at the rear have recently been demolished (currently a pile of bricks).
See S/086/00529/11 and S/086/01877/15. Monitor to see that the approved drawings are being followed (4
years on).
As at 1st September 2020, site work to date limited to demolition in line with that indicated on the
approved Planning Drawings.
3 Flood Relief Scheme & June 2019 flooding : No further word of the investigation report being carried out by others.
MJH has contacted Councillor Fiona Martin who will request an update.
Michael Hieatt 1st September 2020


Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 27 th July 2020 (main items)

Application S/086/01831/16, Health Centre, Manor House Street, Horncastle

Revised submission for proposal to replace existing Health Centre with an eco-friendly domestic property.

Decision: Approved (subject to 5 pages of conditions).

Current Position: Demolition works completed. No further work on the redevelopment. Site tidied from over

growth. Proposed development understood to be on hold.

Application S/086/01840/18 Foundry Yard, Holt Lane, Horncastle, LN9 6AL

Revised application (again for two dwellings).

Response: No objection but with query concerning rights of access and other minor comments.

Decision: Approved (subject to 5 pages of conditions, including comment re existing access rights)

Current position: Construction well advanced on 1 property; other property not started. Large semi

permanent shed has appeared at entrance and does not appear on the Approved Plans. To be monitored.

Further metal roofed sheds have appeared and look relatively permanent. Query sent to Planning

Enforcement 4th December 2019. MJH to chase a response.

Application S/086/00122 & 00123/19: 21 & 23 High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HL

Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent for Change of use =, conversion of, internal and external

alterations to former store…to provide 2 No residential units: 21 and 23 High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HL

Response: Objection on grounds that information incomplete. No objection to the principal but detail

inadequately defined.

Decision: Approved, subject to 3 pages of conditions (including some of the points raised by the Society) .

Current Position: Some work started internally but on hold during lock-down until 17th June - on-going ).

Application S/086/00180/19 8, Queen Street, Horncastle LN9 6BD

Planning Permission: Erection of metal railings along boundary.

Response: No objections. Application commended for reinstatement of original style railings which will much

improve the street scene. Comment re health & safety consideration on design of proposed railing tops.

Decision: Approved.

Position as at July 2020: Excavation and refilling carried out in preparation for the installing the railings.

House up for sale.

Application S/086/00425/19 3-5, Bridge Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HZ

Planning Permission for conversion, extension and alterations to former restaurant to form 6 No

Appartments. Part of building to be demolished.

Response: Objection due to increase number of flats proposed.

Decision: Approved. External works to front look to have been completed. Internal works ongoing. As at

17th July 2020, on-going internal work and on re-formatting window openings in rear wall started.)

Applications: S/086/01903 &01904/18 The Fighting Cocks, West Street, Horncastle, LN9 5JF

Planning Approval & Listed Building Consent: Internal & External Alterations to existing Public House, including

demolition of lean to garage and erection of a purpose built micro-brewery building (single storey).

Response: No objection with minor comments and queries.

Decision: Approved with minor conditions.

Current Position: Work started but little sign of recent activity.

Application S/086/00832/19 11, Prospect Street, Horncastle, LN9 5BA

Rear extension and alterations to existing house to provide 2No groundfloor additional bedrooms and an en

suite shower room.

Response: Comments raised re potential clash with boundary (ref. Neighbour Comments), nature of rainwater

goods and ventilation openings.

Decision: Approved.

Current Position: As at July 2020: no apparent action on site.

Application S/086/00259/20 18, East Street, Horncastle LN9 6AZ

Proposal to replace 3 No external windows (with timber frames in style to match neighbouring properties).

Response:Minor comments re details of proposed windows should better match the originals.

Decision: Awaited.

Application S/086/00645 Horncastle College [Holmeleigh], Mareham Road, Horncastle LN9 6BW

Planning Permission - Erection of a multi-use building which will house learning and office facilities for Boston

College, with a separate facility for East Lindsey District Council staff on the site of existing buildings and

portable buildings which are to be demolished, provision of 2 car parks, secure cycle and bin storage,

generator and substation and pedestrian walkways.

Response: Whilst looking to support the proposal to move ELDC Headquarters to Horncastle, significant

concerns were raised, including the proposed demolition of one of the crescent of Holmeleigh cottage

homes, the apparent lack of appreciation of the history of the site, lack of attempting to fit in with the

existing retained buildings, loss of many of the trees, little proposed screening and archaeological matters.

See attached appendix for the full comments.

Decision: Awaited.

Note that a further objection has been raised by SAVE Britain’s Heritage which has asked that the application

be refused and that a revised application consider the retention and conversion of Tom Scholley House and

Ralph Bennett House.

Application reference S/086/00687/20 10 - 11 MARKET PLACE, HORNCASTLE, LINCOLNSHIRE, LN9 5HB

Listed Building Consent - Internal alterations to the existing building to create a porch area to

facilitate the subdivision of existing shop into 2no. shops (works started). External alterations

to remove paraphernalia from shop front.

Response: No objection but minor queries raised

Decision:Approved.

Application reference S/086/0060 4 & 00605 /20 19 ST LAWRENCE STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 5BJ

(i)Planning Permission - Change of use, conversion of and alterations to existing building which is a listed

building to provide 2no. self contained first floor flats, replace existing first floor window to provide a door

and provision of a metal staircase to the rear.

(ii) Listed Building Consent - Alterations to existing building to provide 2no. self contained first floor flats,

replace existing first floor window to provide a door and provision of a metal staircase to the rear.

Response: No objection to the general principle but points raised on matters of detail.

Decisions:Approved subject to conditions.

Application reference S/086/00840 & 00841 /20 CAGTHORPE HALL, CAGTHORPE, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6DZ

(i) Planning Permission - Change of use, conversion of and alterations to existing office which is a listed

building to form a dwelling.

(ii) Listed Building Consent - Conversion of and internal and external alterations to existing office to form a

dwelling

Response: No objection in principle but queries relating to details, including viability of proposed parking

arrangements. The proposal maintains the outward appearance of this historic chapel and

makes features of parts of the internal existing balcony and ceiling rose.

Decision: Awaited. An amendment received , response pending.

Application reference S/086/00935/20 : 11 CROFT STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6BE

Planning Permission - Rear extension to existing house to provide an enlarged kitchen, sun lounge and

shower room on the site of an existing conservatory which is to be demolished.

Response: Pending.

Decision: Not yet due.

Application reference S/086/00880/20 : 72 QUEEN STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6BG

Planning Permission - Alterations to existing house to provide replacement windows and doors.

Response: Objection to use of uPCV to rear and design of replacement front door.

Decision: Pending

Application reference S/086/01216/20 : 37 HIGH STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 5HP

Listed Building Consent - Alterations to existing building to provide replacement joinery including windows

and door

Response: Pending

General

1 E-mails from David Lawrence re Dilapidations:.

1.1 Queen Street old chapel (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement website: 4th Dec 2019))

1.2 Post Office, water penetration (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement: 4th Dec 2019))

1.3 Punch House, window frame No Action taken.

1.4 6, Market Place: state of rendering. (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement: 4th Dec 2019))

Points 1.1, 1.2 & 1.4 discussed with Conservation Officer during walk around Horncastle Feb 2020. Planning

Department have been in discussion with the owner over the proposals for 3.4.

Acknowledgement received but no further formal responses to date. MJH to chase.

2 Hammerton Lane (off East Street ): buildings at the rear have recently been demolished (currently a pile

of bricks). See S/086/00529/11 and S/086/01877/15. Monitor to see that the approved drawings are being

followed (4 years on).

As at 17th July 2020, site work to date limited to demolition in line with that indicated on the approved

Planning Drawings.

3 Flood Relief Scheme & June 2019 flooding : No further word of the investigation report being carried out

by others. MJH has contacted Councillor Fiona Martin who will request an update.

Michael Hieatt 27th July 2020

Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 16th June 2020 (main items)

Application S/086/01831/16, Health Centre, Manor House Street, Horncastle

Revised submission for proposal to replace existing Health Centre with an eco-friendly domestic property.

Decision: Approved (subject to 5 pages of conditions).

Current Position: Demolition works completed. No further work on the redevelopment. Site tidied from over growth. Proposed development understood to be on hold.

Application S/086/01840/18 Foundry Yard, Holt Lane, Horncastle, LN9 6AL

Revised application (again for two dwellings).

Response: No objection but with query concerning rights of access and other minor comments.

Decision: Approved (subject to 5 pages of conditions, including comment re existing access rights)

Current position: Construction well advanced on 1 property; other property not started. Large semi permanent shed has appeared at entrance and does not appear on the Approved Plans. To be monitored. Further metal roofed sheds have appeared and look relatively permanent. Query sent to Planning Enforcement 4th December 2019. MJH to chase a response.

Application S/086/00122 & 00123/19: 21 & 23 High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HL

Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent for Change of use =, conversion of, internal and external alterations to former store…to provide 2 No residential units: 21 and 23 High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HL

Response: Objection on grounds that information incomplete. No objection to the principal but detail inadequately defined.

Decision: Approved, subject to 3 pages of conditions (including some of the points raised by the Society) .

Current Position: Some work started internally but looked to be on hold during lock-down as at 16th June. (Post meeting note: work re-started 17th June 2020).

Application S/086/00180/19 8, Queen Street, Horncastle LN9 6BD

Planning Permission: Erection of metal railings along boundary.

Response: No objections. Application commended for reinstatement of original style railings which will much improve the street scene. Comment re health & safety consideration on design of proposed railing tops.

Decision: Approved.

Position as at 16th June 2020: Excavation and refilling carried out in preparation for the installing the railings. House up for sale.

Application S/086/00425/19 3-5, Bridge Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HZ

Planning Permission for conversion, extension and alterations to former restaurant to form 6 No Appartments. Part of building to be demolished.

Response: Objection due to increase number of flats proposed.

Decision: Approved. External works to front look to have been completed; scaffold to front removed. Internal works ongoing. As at 16th June 2020, on-going internal work but no work as yet to the rear elevations. (Post meeting note: work on re-formatting window opening in rear wall started 17th June 2020.)

Applications: S/086/01903 &01904/18 The Fighting Cocks, West Street, Horncastle, LN9 5JF

Planning Approval & Listed Building Consent: Internal & External Alterations to existing Public House, including

demolition of lean to garage and erection of a purpose built micro-brewery building (single storey).

Response: No objection with minor comments and queries.

Decision: Approved with minor conditions.

Current Position: As at 16th June 2020: Work started but no signs of recent activity.

Application S/086/00832/19 11, Prospect Street, Horncastle, LN9 5BA

Rear extension and alterations to existing house to provide 2No groundfloor additional bedrooms and an en suite shower room.

Response: Comments raised re potential clash with boundary (ref. Neighbour Comments), nature of rainwater goods and ventilation openings.

Decision: Approved.

Current Position: As at 16th June 2020: no apparent action on site.

Application S/086/02110/19 63A, West Street, Horncastle LN9 5AF

Proposal to replace 3 No external windows (with timber frames in style to match)

Response: No objection.

Decision: Approved.

Application S/086/00259/20 18, East Street, Horncastle LN9 6AZ

Proposal to replace 3 No external windows (with timber frames in style to match neighbouring properties).

Response:Minor comments re details of proposed windows should better match the originals.

Decision: Awaited.

Application referenceS/086/00319 & 460/20: 31 EAST STREET, HORNCASTLE, LINCOLNSHIRE, LN9 6AZ

(i) Listed Building Consent - Alterations to the existing building to provide replacement signage (works completed)

(ii) Consent to Display - 1no. non illuminated fascia sign (sign A), 1no. set of non illuminated individual wall mounted letters (sign B), 1no. illuminated hanging wall sign (Sign C1), 3no. free standing, double sided, non illuminated signs (signs C2, E and F), 1no. non-illuminated panel sign (sign D) and 1no. hand painted welcome sign (sign G) (works completed).

Response: No objections.

Decision: Approved.

Application referenceS/086/00573/20 64 WEST STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 5AD

Planning Permission: Alterations to existing dwelling to provide replacement UPVC windows, replace front and rear doors and provision of an additional rear window..

Response: (i) Unable to support use of uPVC replacement windows and doors (ii) style of proposed windows and doors should match the retained existing window. .

Decision: Refused.

Application S/086/00645 Horncastle College [Holmeleigh], Mareham Road, Horncastle LN9 6BW

Planning Permission - Erection of a multi-use building which will house learning and office facilities for Boston College, with a separate facility for East Lindsey District Council staff on the site of existing buildings and portable buildings which are to be demolished, provision of 2 car parks, secure cycle and bin storage, generator and substation and pedestrian walkways.

Response: Whilst looking to support the proposal to move ELDC Headquarters to Horncastle, significant concerns were raised, including the proposed demolition of one of the crescent of Holmeleigh cottage homes, the apparent lack of appreciation of the history of the site, lack of attempting to fit in with the existing retained buildings, loss of many of the trees, little proposed screening and archaeological matters. See attached appendix for the full comments.

Decision: Awaited.

Application referenceS/086/00687/20 10 - 11 MARKET PLACE, HORNCASTLE, LINCOLNSHIRE, LN9 5HB

Listed Building Consent - Internal alterations to the existing building to create a porch area to facilitate the subdivision of existing shop into 2no. shops (works started). External alterations to remove paraphernalia from shop front.

Response: No objection but minor queries raised

Decision: Awaited.

Application reference S/086/00604 & 00605/20 19 ST LAWRENCE STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 5BJ

(i)Planning Permission - Change of use, conversion of and alterations to existing building which is a listed building to provide 2no. self contained first floor flats, replace existing first floor window to provide a door and provision of a metal staircase to the rear.

(ii) Listed Building Consent - Alterations to existing building to provide 2no. self contained first floor flats, replace existing first floor window to provide a door and provision of a metal staircase to the rear.

Response: No objection to the general principle but points raised on matters of detail.

Decisions: Awaited.

Application referenceS/086/00840 & 00841/20 CAGTHORPE HALL, CAGTHORPE, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6DZ

(i) Planning Permission - Change of use, conversion of and alterations to existing office which is a listed building to form a dwelling.

(ii) Listed Building Consent - Conversion of and internal and external alterations to existing office to form a dwelling

Response: No objection in principle but queries relating to details, including viability of proposed parking arrangements. The proposal maintains the outward appearance of this historic chapel and makes features of parts of the internal existing balcony and ceiling rose.

Decision: Awaited.

Application reference S/086/00935/20: 11 CROFT STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6BE

Planning Permission - Rear extension to existing house to provide an enlarged kitchen, sun lounge and shower room on the site of an existing conservatory which is to be demolished.

Response: Pending.

Decision: Not yet due.

Application reference S/086/00880/20: 72 QUEEN STREET, HORNCASTLE, LN9 6BG

Planning Permission - Alterations to existing house to provide replacement windows and doors.

Response: Pending

Decision: Pending

General

1 E-mails from David Lawrence re Dilapidations:.

1.1 Queen Street old chapel (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement website: 4th Dec 2019))

1.2 Post Office, water penetration (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement: 4th Dec 2019))

1.3 Punch House, window frame No Action taken.

1.4 6, Market Place: state of rendering. (Query raised via ELDC Planning Enforcement: 4th Dec 2019))

Points 1.1, 1.2 & 1.4 discussed with Conservation Officer during walk around Horncastle Feb 2020. Planning Department have been in discussion with the owner over the proposals for 3.4.

Acknowledgement received but no further formal responses to date. MJH to chase.

2 Hammerton Lane (off East Street): buildings at the rear have recently been demolished (currently a pile of bricks). See S/086/00529/11 and S/086/01877/15. Monitor to see that the approved drawings are being followed (4 years on).

As at 16th June 2020, site work to date limited to demolition in line with that indicated on the approved Planning Drawings.

3 Flood Relief Scheme & June 2019 flooding: No further word of the investigation report being carried out by others. MJH to contact Councillor Fiona Martin for an update.

Michael Hieatt 19th June 2020


Horncastle History & Heritage Society: Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 16th June 2020: Appendix

Comments made on behalf of the Society on Planning Application S/086/00645/20 re Horncastle College [Holmeleigh], Mareham Road, Horncastle LN9 6BW:

We apologise for the late submission of these comments. In view of the significance of this application which lies on a historically important site we had expected to be notified as a Consultee and did not find out until recently that the application had been submitted.

The Society welcomes the proposal for ELDC to move their Headquarters to Horncastle and for use to be made of the Homeleigh site, however the Society does have reservations about some aspects of the proposals set out in the Planning Application. In particular, they object to the proposed demolition of one of the historic cottage homes in order to create a few additional parking spaces. There is also a lack of information regarding the existing buildings on the site and the overall views of the developed site showing both the new and retained buildings .

The impression given by the application is that little attempt has been made to consider how the proposed new development will integrate with the historic cottage homes on the existing overall Homeleigh Site. Indeed, the Design & Access statement makes it clear that further demolition of another cottage home (Tom Scholey House) is planned for a future stage of development. The fact that the site referred to in the application forms only part of the overall Homeleigh site has resulted in there being no apparent consideration given to the impact of the proposed development on the overall site.


Impact on the Conservation Area

The Site forms part of The Holmeleigh Site hence lies within an area which is of historic significance to the local area and nationally. ELDC recommended that The Holmeleigh site be included within the Conservation Area in its most recent Conservation Area Appraisal, which states that "this area forms an important part of Horncastle’s history." Unfortunately alongside all of the report's other actions these changes are still to be formally implemented, and despite repeated requests from our Society and others, the District Council has neither implemented its own advice or given any response as to why it has failed to do so.

It is therefore deeply troubling to read in the council's historic environment that this is glossed over and the contradictory conclusion reached "overall, the site possesses attributes that make a low contribution to the understand and/or appreciation of the interests that embodies the Conservation Areas significance."

What has changed to mean that the site is no longer worthy of being included in the Conservation Area, but that it now is considered to be of low significance?

Why is it acceptable for the District Council to overlook its own advice contained within the current conservation area appraisal on this application (where it is the applicant), when the document would still be considered the most up to date assessment of the Conservation Area's character in any other planning application?

Whilst inaction has meant that the site is not protected by the relevant legislation as a Conservation Area, the description of the site's character and the recommendation that its significance merits inclusion in the Appraisal remains an authoritative assessment of the site's character which the council has a duty to consider as evidence (NPPF 189 and 190) both as applicant and decision maker.

Impact on Holmeleigh Children's Homes (including demolition of easternmost cottage)

The significance of the cottages of the Holmeleigh Children's Homes has not been properly assessed in this application. Insufficient evidence has been provided and their significance has not been properly assessed, with only an abridged summary of their history, with no consideration of their architectural or historical interest, and it does not appear that the authors of the historic environment assessment have even been inside them. With such a cursory assessment without consideration of the available evidence, there is no justification for the conclusion that they are of 'low significance' and that demolishing one of them to make way for additional car parking should be permitted.

The report states that the interiors were not inspected, but then goes on to say that the interiors will have lost much of their interior layout, features and detailing. This is contradictory and suggests that the latter statement is not necessarily and accurate reflection of the current condition of these heritage assets. Further information should be submitted, particularly considering that it is proposed to demolish one of the homes meaning that the heritage asset will be completely lost. It is not possible for the council to make a reasoned decision if it has no considered how well preserved the cottage homes are internally as well as externally.

Had the evidence available been properly assessed then we feel that this conclusion would not have been reached. The Holmeleigh Children's Homes are not only of local value, they are unique in Greater Lincolnshire, and represent the ambitions and municipal pride of the former Lindsey County Council to provide a better life for its poorest citizens. Unlike other authorities the council chose to bring together children from across the entire old county of Lindsey and care for them together at Holmeleigh. The children came from as far away as Scunthorpe, Gainsborough and Grimsby, and to this day many of these former children continue to visit the homes and town, demonstrating the site's continued importance to a much wider audience than to Horncastle itself.

The homes were carefully designed to provide pleasant green 'garden city' type surroundings for the young people who had been taken into the Council's care often from the cramped and dirty conditions of terraced urban streets. Their layout and architecture was carefully designed by county architect Philip Walter Birkett A.R.I.B.A. following visits to examine some of the best examples of cottage homes in the country at Countesthorpe Cottage Homes near Leicester (built in 1880s) and the Fulwood Cottage Homes in Sheffield (1905), both of which were then in rural or semi-rural locations, with large well-built domestic revival style semi-detached houses arranged around curving layouts of manicured green lawns, with trees and flower beds. The layout of the cottage homes at Holmeleigh was carefully designed and the crescent of homes is a fundamental part of this, which has clearly not been properly understood during the design of the proposed development or supporting statements. The cottage homes layout and setting is also crucial to how the homes are experienced, and contributes a great deal to their aesthetic and architectural interest. This is recognised in that nearly all photographs of the site are taken looking along the crescent with its benches and planting.

The cottage homes themselves are handsome and well laid out, reflecting the municipal pride that local authorities expressed in their building projects. Their materials and architecture also reflect the 'house style' of the Lindsey County Council architects department in the interwar period, which can still be seen in its County Hall at Newland in Lincoln (Grade II Listed), and in many of its schools of this interwar period which are also now considered to be heritage assets.

This pleasant historic part of Horncastle was carefully designed and laid out, and this peaceful oasis feeling with its mature trees is still very much in evidence at Holmeleigh despite later developments, and it is greatly valued by the people of Horncastle. It was also clearly of sufficient historical and aesthetic significance to be worthy of recommendation to be included within the conservation area in ELDC's 2008 report. As the council has neither retracted this conservation area appraisal it still remains the most up to date an authoritative assessment of the area's character. Although it is greatly disappointed that through inaction or omission the District Council has so far failed to implement its recommendations.

In light of their uniqueness across the historic county, and the high quality of their architectural design it is felt that the Holmeleigh Children's Homes are non-designated heritage assets of more than local significance, of interest to the wider county and beyond. They also reflect the ambitions in terms of social and welfare reforms of the former Lindsey County Council, having been built not just to provide accommodation but to provide a better start in life for the most disadvantaged. There is no consideration in the present application of the building's communal value (not in accordance with Historic England's guidance), which is particularly high not only amongst the many former residents of the Children's Homes and their families, but also for the many people who attended courses here at Horncastle College, which provided people across Lincolnshire with the opportunity to access continuing education through residential courses that were unique in the region. More recently the cottage homes have played host to a wealth of local businesses and even the offices of our MP Victoria Atkins, continuing the strong association with the community and these buildings and their pleasant leafy setting.

A publication on the history of Lindsey County Council quotes"Few other authorities had such modern and generous a provision for the children in their care…for 30 years these homes gave security and protection.” The present proposal looks to demolish one of those homes to make way for about 6 additional parking spaces and also looks to demolish the one other home on the development site to make way for future development.

Recommendations:

-the historic environment assessment should be updated to better consider the significance of the Holmeleigh Childrens Homes, including a proper assessment of the condition of their interior and the survival of historic features, as well as a properly researched assessment of their historical and architectural interest using appropriate expertise (as required by the National Planning Policy Framework paragraph 189).

-only a handful of parking spaces will be gained by the loss of one of the cottage homes. In the first instance we recommend that the number of spaces be reduced in line with current trends towards home and remote working and video conferencing that will make physical travel to council offices increasingly unnecessary. The use of autonomous vehicles within the next 10-15 years will also make marking provision obsolete, as they will continue to their next task like a taxi rather than be left idle. The NPPF is based on the concept of sustainable development, and all heritage assets, whether designated or not are of value and cannot be replaced. The planning committee should therefore carefully consider whether there is a convincing and sustainable long term argument for demolishing a quarter of this historic crescent of cottage homes in order to provide additional tarmac for parking.

-we also call upon the District Council as successor to the Lindsey County Council to ensure that the proposed development takes opportunities during this development to better present and promote the rich social history of Holmeleigh, and to honour the memory of the thousands of children that spent their formative years here in the care of the state. As explained in previous correspondence with the Leader of the council, our Society possesses a unique archive of photographs and memories charting life here, and there is great potential for an interpretation board or other scheme to ensure that this new chapter in the site's development also preserves its history.

In considering our recommendations we would like to remind the planning committee of the requirements of the East Lindsey Local Plan which state that development proposals will only be supported where they "are compatible with the significance of non-designated heritage assets in East Lindsey" (SP11.2). The National Planning Policy Framework also requires that when considering an application such as this that you should use necessary expertise and take account of all available evidence to "avoid or minimiseanyconflict between the heritage asset’s conservation andany aspect of the proposal" (190). Therefore if there isanypossibility of amending the design so as to avoid the loss of one of Holmeleigh's historic children's homes and to preserve their crescent layout, it should be fully explored, before demolition is considered.

Further comments:

Application Documents: Drawings

There are no General Arrangement Elevations showing the existing buildings on the Site or General Arrangement Elevations showing how the proposed new block will integrate with those existing buildings which are to be retained. For example, the proposed new building lies close to the existing Tom Scholey House: how will the two buildings look together?

Proposed new building:

We question whether the new building as proposed does fit within the context of the historic children’s home setting in which it is placed: could not more be done to form a "connection” in shape and materials with the home cottages?

Drawing GA Elevations 1 shows a bland rectangular metal clad building with a number of items on the roof, including hand railing and various cubicles. These do not appear in any of the artists impression presented elsewhere. Will the items on the roof be visible? If so, any visualisations should show them. The GA drawing suggests that the overall impression will be less clean cut than shown on the artists impressions. The Design & Access statement refers to the use of Solar Panels on the roof but these are not shown on the drawings: will there be room and how are they to be accommodated?

Retention of existing trees.

It is appreciated that a significant number of existing trees are proposed to be retained but it is suggested that some further existing tree should be retained to screen the proposed new building from views from outside the site, e.g. the row of trees to the south side of the existing car park to the south of the existing Meeting Chamber and ancillary structure.

Landscaping

Drawing "Hard & Soft Landscaping” indicates a bund running alongside the south edge of the new car park but outside the site boundary indicated by the red line. Is this part of the proposals? If so, why is it not within the Site Boundary?

Very little planting is proposed to screen the extensive car parks which extend up to the boundaries of the site. Further planting should be provided to maintain the character of the existing site.

Traffic Impact

Questions have been raised by others concerning the impact of the traffic generated by the proposed development, in particular, the impact of the already difficult Mareham Road junction with Boston Road. It is important that any additional traffic created by the proposed development is properly managed and does exacerbate an already difficult situation.

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Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 15th January 2020 (main items)

Application S/086/01831/16, Health Centre, Manor House Street, Horncastle

Revised submission for proposal to replace existing Health Centre with an eco-friendly domestic property.

Decision: Approved (subject to 5 pages of conditions).

Current Position: Demolition works completed. No further work on the redevelopment. Site tidied over over growth. Proposed development understood to be on hold.

Application S/086/01840/18 Foundry Yard, Holt Lane, Horncastle, LN9 6AL

Revised application (again for two dwellings).

Response: No objection but with query concerning rights of access and other minor comments.

Decision: Approved (subject to 5 pages of conditions, including comment re existing access rights)

Current position: Construction well advanced on 1 property; other property not started. Large semi permanent shed has appeared at entrance and does not appear on the Approved Plans. To be monitored. Further metal roofed sheds have appeared and look relatively permanent. Query sent to Planning Enforcement 4th December 2019.

Application S/086/00122 & 00123/19: 21 & 23 High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HL

Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent for Change of use =, conversion of, internal and external alterations to former store…to provide 2 No residential units: 21 and 23 High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HL

Response: Objection on grounds that information incomplete. No objection to the principal but detail inadequately defined.

Decision: Approved, subject to 3 pages of conditions (including some of the points raised by the Society) .

Current Position: Some work started internally.

Application S/086/00180/19 8, Queen Street, Horncastle LN9 6BD

Planning Permission: Erection of metal railings along boundary.

Response: No objections. Application commended for reinstatement of original style railings which will much improve the street scene. Comment re health & safety consideration on design of proposed railing tops.

Decision: Approved.

Position as at 23rd October 2019: Excavation and refilling carried out in preparation for the installing the railings.

Application S/086/00425/19 3-5, Bridge Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HZ

Planning Permission for conversion, extension and alterations to former restaurant to form 6 No Appartments. Part of building to be demolished.

Response: Objection due to increase number of flats proposed.

Decision: Approved. External works to front look to have been completed; scaffold to front removed. Internal works ongoing.

Application S/086/00489 & 91/19 17, High Street, Horncastle. LN9 5HP

Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent for amendment to previous approved applications for renewal of shop front. Application made to modify previous proposals due to unforeseen structural problems in the existing facade. The proposals are to remodel the shop front on the lines of adjacent shops, incorporating a small bay window.

Response: No objection.

Decision: Approved.

Current position: Construction works complete, signage awaited. Security shutters now set back internally leaving shop front clear.

Application S/086/00636/19 George Whelpton Almshouses, 73-83 Queen Street, Horncastle, LN9 6BH

Replace existing windows and rear doors to 6 No Almshouse dwellings, including use of uPVC on the rear of the property.

Response: Objection to the use of uPVC on the rear of the property.

Decision: Approved, subject to detailed designs for the replacement rear uPVC windows being flush fitting "heritage” style replicating the existing windows.

Applications: S/086/01903 &01904/18 The Fighting Cocks, West Street, Horncastle, LN9 5JF

Planning Approval & Listed Building Consent: Internal & External Alterations to existing Public House, including

demolition of lean to garage and erection of a purpose built micro-brewery building (single storey).

Response: No objection with minor comments and queries.

Decision: Approved with minor conditions.

Current Position: As at 4th December 2019: Work on-going internally.

Application S/086/00832/19 11, Prospect Street, Horncastle, LN9 5BA

Rear extension and alterations to existing house to provide 2No groundfloor additional bedrooms and an en suite shower room.

Response: Comments raised re potential clash with boundary (ref. Neighbour Comments), nature of rainwater goods and ventilation openings.

Decision: Approved.

Current Position: No apparent action on site.

Application S/086/01880/19 Land to the rear of 10 and 12 Stanhope Road, Horncastle. LN9 5EL

Amendment to plans approved in S/086/0548/16: addition of single storey sun-lounge,

Response: Comments as previously on earlier application. No objection to prop

Planning Concerns

The Society is consulted on planning applications within the conservation area of the town or on applications that may have an effect on conservation areas.

Dr Michael Hieatt, one of our members, responds to these applications on behalf of the Society and keeps Members informed on important issues.

Sometimes, as in the case of the Tesco and the Mareham Road applications other members contribute towards responses.