Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 12th Jan 17 (main items)
Re: Development of 265 dwellings.
Clarification re Decision: In response to a query from the Society concerning the Planning Condition relating to "full engineering conditions, drainage …and constructional details of the streets” ELDC confirmed that the condition only related to "the streets”.
Application S/086/1574/16 3, Cagthorpe
Re: Proposal to demolish existing derelict cottage and build a larger house of similar character to adjacent old properties.
Approved. Construction now in progress.
Application S/086/01934 & 5/16 7, West Street
Re: Planning Application and Listed Building Consent.
Proposal to renovate the rear derelict portion of the property adjacent to the River Baine to create a lettable single bedroom unit. The proposal is to re-order the available rooms and add a first floor bedroom in order to comply with guidance on flood risk.
Some preliminary work was carried out about a year ago, including the installation of replacement windows (in timber) but has since been "on hold”.
Decision: Rejected: "In this case, it is considered that the proposed extension and alterations would not follow the existing character and proportions of the main building and would result in harmful impact on the significance of this historic listed building”.
The Society had supported the general approach to the rehabilitation of this part of the site and had objected only on matters of detail.
Proposal to replace existing Health Centre with an eco-friendly domestic property, general single storey with flat "green” roof + second story extension stated to be necessary to meet flood risk guidelines.
Society Comments (made on behalf of the Society by David Robinson as Michael Hieatt is an "interested party”): Generally supportive of the application but questions raised over materials, aspects of the design and consideration of the Roman Wall which lies directly adjacent to the property.
Comments by others: Extensive (generally negative) comments made by Historic England, Historic Environment Officer, ELDC Conservation Officer amongst others, raising the issue of the Roman Wall and the heritage context of the site.
The application was withdrawn prior to a Decision.
It is understood that a revised application will be submitted in due course. It is also understood that a site meeting is being held between the owner of the site and various parties (e.g. Historic England, Historic Environment Officer, Conservation Officer).
Application S/086/01764/16, Round Corner Cottage, 14a, West Street, Horncastle
Retrospective application for the installation of replacement hinged casement uPVC windows.
Query raised with ELDC by the Society seeking clarification on the position of ELDC on the use of uPVC windows in the Conservation Area.
The response received confirmed that the general policy was that windows and doors within the Conservation Area should be of traditional design and of timber but that each case was considered on its individual merits. In the case in question, the application had been approved because the windows were not very visible from West Street. The response did not explain why the application for uPVC windows in the inner courtyard in 29, Bridge Street had been rejected.
Application S/086/001930/16 48, Queen Street, Horncastle
Extension and alterations to existing dwelling and boundary wall, including provision for off-road parking space.
with conditions, including one matter raised by the Society.
Application S/086/01708/16 16, Bridge Street, Horncastle (Travis Perkins)
Erection of racking to a maximum height of 5.5 metres and provision of a traffic management system of the site of existing racking which is to be removed.
Objection raised on behalf of the Society. The proposed racking would be about twice the height of the existing racking and, when fully loaded, would hide the general roofscape of that part of the Conservation Area when looking from the Public Car Park and from the area adjacent to Ings Drain. A more modest increase in height would be acceptable.
Applications S/086/02349, 02350, 02361, 02389/16 Lincolnshire Cooperative Ltd
Re 2, Market Place; 29-31, High Street; 7, High Street; 5, Bridge Street - Horncastle
Application for consent to display internally illuminated signs [full width redesigned signs above window frontages].
Objection lodged as out-of-character with the Conservation Area and in some cases obscuring existing character frontage features and existing brickwork.
Application S/086/02261/16: Land off The Wong, Horncastle.
Application to remove condition No 4 (Retention of flood compensation area) imposed on planning permission ref.no S/086/01112/00.
The EA have confirmed that they have no objection in the light of more up-to-date flood mapping.
Society returned a "neutral” response but noted that the application related only to the removal of an existing condition and not to any potential construction proposals.
Michael Hieatt 12th January 2017
Langton Hill Appeal - disappointing news
Sadly the appeal by Gladman's to build 300 houses on Langton Hill has been allowed by the Inspector.
Quite a lot of conditions, which we must monitor to ensure they are kept to.
We are worried about the effect of flood water and impact on roads and infrastructure of the town.
Visual effect on the skyline is to be deplored.
Update: The Society has commented on the final plans and Michael Hieatt is closely monitoring and asking questions to ensure as much protection as possible is afforded the town.
Professor Lawrence spent much of his Christmas and New Year and incidentally, his Birthday, going through the 103 pages of the proposals by the Developer for drainage on this site, in order to be ready for the hearing on the 8th January, which was held at Manby Park. As ELDC had conceded on this application, we felt it imperative that we checked for ourselves that the drainage solution was credible. The doubts we found were expressed to the Planning Inspector.One of our concerns were that the drainage off site relied on the riparian rights over the houses leading from the site onto Wesley Way. This was confirmed by the Developers who indicated that once the drain left their site it was no longer their responsibility, and that they had proved there was a route for water from the site. Unfortunate and surprising for the nearby householders! However, a condition has been made limiting the rate of run-off from the site which appears to meet the necessary criteria. this should then prevent the flooding of Thunkers Drain and consequently, the town, which was one of our main concerns about this development. We now await the Inspector's decision to see if he gives consent. We have done our best.
Update - Allowed on appeal.
Greystones - off Lincoln Road
A revised application has been received for this site near the Grammar School with a small reduction in number of houses from 56 to 52. This was received on the 23rd December for comment by the 2nd January, an impossible task even for the formidable David Lawrence. An extension to the 9th was negotiated. Again it looks like a car park with houses jumbled on and very over developed. Houses still overlook the school playing fields etc. We will be objecting on the grounds of over development and lack of design. We are not against development on this site, but it has to be more in keeping.
Update - Planning permission granted June 2015
Crowders Development off Lincoln Road
Application for 500 houses plus re-location of existing garden centre & extra-care facility.
Includes comprehensive urban drainage infrastructure. Society objects to yet another large development which we feel in unsustainable. Concerns expressed about possible access along Prospect Street, lack of supporting infrastructure and jobs, etc, which have applied to all recent developments Despite their plans for drainage off site, we still have concerns about run-off into the town. Also the proposed alterations at the Bull Ring traffic lights to improve flow through the town could be an eyesore. Also concerns about the effect of the proposed roundabout and the effect on holiday traffic to the coast which is often backed up to Baumber. If it does go ahead then the Town Council and ELDC must negotiate some good 106 contributions to mitigate the damage to the town.
This application is currently on hold
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.