Planning Concerns

 Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 1st June 2017 (main items)

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 in progress. Minor raised re detailing of window openings.

Advised by ELDC that matter settled by an agreement to allow a minor change to the original application details. Whereas this does resolve the formal process it is disappointing that the original window details were not used in the actual construction.

Application S/086/00319 & 320/17 7, West Street ( re-submission).

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.

Minor changes since original submission responding to some of the comments made

The Society supports the general approach to the rehabilitation of this part of the site but has objected on matters of detail.

Decision: Rejected. "..the proposed extension and alterations would not follow the existing character and proportions of the main building and would result in a harmful impact of the significance of this historic listed building and the setting of the conservation area” and "..insufficient amenity space for an additional residential unit..”.

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.

Response (by Dr David Lawrence): Generally supportive of the application but queries the materials selection.

NB: In a separate "neighbourhood” response, Michael Hieatt has queried the validity of the stated need for a second floor and noted the need for a defined "estimated flood level” as part of such decision making. It would seem appropriate to take into account the Floor Relief Reservoir which is now operational.

Decision: Still awaited.

Application S/086/00592/17 Former Health Centre, Manor House Street, Horncastle LN9 5HG

Application to demolish the existing building.

Response: The Society supported the application.

Decision: Approved.

Application S/086/00537/17 25,27,29 Bridge Street and 3, 5 West Street, Horncastle

Proposal to replace existing uPVC casement windows with timber, Yorkshire Sliders.

Response: The Society supported the application.

Decision: Approved.

Application S/086/02085/16 37 High Street, Horncastle LN9 5HP (The Punch House)

Retrospective Listed Buildings Consent application for change in colour of paint to pillars and doors.

The Society has taken a neutral position on the Application but noted that the colours to pillars doors and windows to this prominent building would be preferred to be common for all sections of the building (rather than grey, as referred to in the application, and black with cream, as on the Little Caesar Pizza section).

Decision: Approved.

Application: S/086/00202/17 35, East Street, Horncastle, LN9 6AZ

Internal and External alterations and repairs, including replacement windows and doors and some re-opening of doorways and fireplaces.

Response: The Society is generally supportive of the application which will restore some out-of-character features to the benefit of the Conservation Area. The Society has queried the use of plastic "cast iron” rainwater goods and the removal of one chimney stack.

Decision: Approved. The approval appears to include the use of plastic "cast iron” rainwater goods and the removal of one chimney stack, to which the Society had raised objections/queried.

Application: S/086/00547/17 22, West Street, Horncastle LN9 5JF

Proposal to replace existing timber windows (facing West Street) with wood grain uPVC windows, in the traditional style, including the use of a multi-pain style in place of the existing mixed style.

Response: Objection. Not in compliance with Conservation Area policy.

Decision: Still awaited.

N.B. This application could be seen as a test case. The type of powder coated windows being proposed is an improvement from earlier typical uPVC windows and is aimed at use in conservation areas. Literature submitted in support of the application states that approval has been gained in a conservation area elsewhere.

Application: S/086/00349/17, 3-5, Bridge Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HZ

Proposed amendment to earlier application: the amendment modifies that style of the windows on the section of the rear of the property being developed to multi-pane Yorkshire sliders.

Response: amendment supported by the Society.

Decision: Awaited.

Application S/086/00551, 650 & 651 /17, High Street, Horncastle

Proposals for minor remodelling of shop front, installation of a full face roller shutter security door (security for a jewellers shop) and externally signboard with external ED lighting.

Response: The Society has objected to (i) the full face roller shut, suggesting a grill type giving visual access to the shop windows when to shop is closed (ii) the external illumination of the shop front sign, as being contrary to Conservation Area policy.

Application S/086/00702/17, WI House, Banks Street, Horncastle, LN9 5BW

Proposal for alterations and resurfacing parking area, including provision of disable parking space.

Response: No objection.

Decision: Awaited.

Michael Hieatt 1st June 2017

 


Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 20th April 2017 (main items)

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 in progress. Minor raised re detailing of window openings.

Response received and Applicant advised by ELDC of non-conformity and instructed to submit formal application to request approval for change.

Application S/086/00319 & 320/17 7, West Street ( re-submission).

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.

Minor changes since original submission responding to some of the comments made.

The Society supports the general approach to the rehabilitation of this part of the site but has objected on matters of detail.

Decision: Awaited.


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. 

Response (by Dr David Lawrence): Generally supportive of the application but queries the materials selection.

NB: In a separate "neighbourhood” response, Michael Hieatt has queried the validity of the stated need for a second floor and noted the need for a defined "estimated flood level” as part of such decision making. It would seem appropriate to take into account the Floor Relief Reservoir which is now operational. 

Decision: Awaited.

Application S/086/00592/17 Former Health Centre, Manor House Street, Horncastle LN9 5HG

Application to demolish the existing building.

Response: The Society supports the application.

Decision: Awaited.

Application S/086/00537/17 25,27,29 Bridge Street and 3, 5 West Street, Horncastle

Proposal to replace existing uPVC casement windows with timber, Yorkshire Sliders.

Response: The Society supports the application.

Decision: Awaited. 

Application S/086/00055/17: 5, High Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HP

Re Proposed shop signage (Pygott & Crone)

Society returned a neutral response, noting "It is appreciated that, as noted in the application, you have considered the location and nature of the property and adjusted your proposal accordingly. Thank you”.

Decision: Approved.

Application S/086/00095/17: Warehouse adjacent to 6, Lindsey Court, Horncastle LN9 5DH

Re: Application for signage for proposed conversion of old warehouse into offices (Robert Bell). The proposal included use of "swan neck” lamps to illuminate a large sign (as used on the existing Robert Bell offices in the Bull Ring).

One of the signs will obscure the remnants of a previous sign painted directly onto the brickwork. Such signs are seen elsewhere in Horncastle and form part of the industrial heritage of the town. The Society suggested that any new sign is mounted such that it does not damage the existing painted sign. Whereas the illumination proposed for the new sign is similar to that used for some years on the existing Robert Bell offices, the proposed office is some way from the existing offices and the Society objected to the further use of illuminated signage within the conservation area.

Decision: Approved, but subject to no damage to the existing remnants of the painted sign on the East face (without formal approval from ELDC).

Application S/086/00109/17: Warehouse adjacent to 6, Lindsey Court, Horncastle LN9 5DH

Proposal to convert existing warehouse into offices.

Response: The Society approved in principal but objected to some matters of detail and raised queries about unclear aspects of the application.

Decision: Approved, subject to no damage to the existing remnants of the painted sign on the East face and to the use of cast iron rainwater goods . 

Application S/086/00319 & 320/17 7, West Street, Horncastle

Re: Planning Application and Listed Building Consent.

Resubmission for proposal to renovate the rear derelict portion of the property adjacent to the River Bain 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.

Response pending.

Application S/086/02085/16 37 High Street, Horncastle LN9 5HP (The Punch House)

Retrospective Listed Buildings Consent application for change in colour of paint to pillars and doors.

The Society has taken a neutral position on the Application but noted that the colours to pillars doors and windows to this prominent building would be preferred to be common for all sections of the building (rather than grey, as referred to in the application, and black with cream, as on the Little Caesar Pizza section).

Decision: Awaited.

Application: S/086/00202/17 35, East Street,Horncastle, LN9 6AZ

Internal and External alterations and repairs, including replacement windows and doors and some re-opening of doorways and fireplaces.

Response: The Society is generally supportive of the application which will restore some out-of-character features to the benefit of the Conservation Area. The Society has queried the use of plastic "cast iron” rainwater goods and the removal of one chimney stack.

Decision: Awaited. 

Application: S/086/00547/17 22, West Street, Horncastle LN9 5JF

Proposal to replace existing timber windows (facing West Street) with wood grain uPVC windows, in the traditional style, including the use of a multi-pain style in place of the existing mixed style.

Response: Objection. Not in compliance with Conservation Area policy.

Decision: Awaited.


Other matters

E-mails sent to ELDC concerning:

(i) The condition of the rendering on the side of the vacant shop on the west corner of the Market Place posing a potential hazard to pedestria. Response received from ELDC that the owner has been advised accordingly.

(ii) The potentially hazardous internal condition of the old chapel on the corner of East Street / Queen Street where a collapse of the support to the internal gallery might lead to failure of the main structure, endagering intruders. Response received that ELDC do not have powers t intervene in such a case. 

Michael Hieatt   20th April 2017


 

Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 12th Jan 17 (main items)

 Application S/086/01208/16 Land at Langton Hill (Detailed Particulars)           

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.

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

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. 

Decision: Approved. 

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.

 Generally supported by the Society but with objection lodged to matters of detail. 

Decision: Approved, 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.

Decision: Awaited. 

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. 

Decisions: awaited 

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

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Notes on Planning Applications for Executive Committee 10th Nov 2016 (main items)

Application S/086/01208/16 Land at Langton Hill (Detailed Particulars)
Re: Development of 265 dwellings.
Decision: Approved with conditions. 3 pages of conditions generally relating to the timing and maintenance of fences, walls and landscaping; phasing of estate streets; schedules of materials and "full engineering , drainage, street lighting and constructional details of the streets proposed for adoption”. No major changes were required to the details proposals. There is no apparent condition relating to the engineering design, testing and maintenance of the off-road holding ponds. No account has been taken of requests from neighbouring properties to have single storey houses adjacent to their boundaries or of the doubts raised by the Society concerning aspects of the proposed embanked holding ponds.  
It is possible that the Planning Condition relating to "full engineering conditions, drainage …and constructional details of the streets” was intended to include the off-road drainage ponds but this is unclear as the condition could be taken to relate to "the streets”. It is recommended that the Society seek clarification from ELDC on this point.

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.

Observations made which were generally supportive but with suggestions made concerning location on the plot and the height of the proposed brick wall on the frontage.

Decision: Approved subject to conditions. Generally as proposed on the submitted plans, without any required changes.

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”. 

Comments made by the Society support and encourage the concept of the renovation but make observations concerning the definition of materials, style of the window fronting the River Baine, the pitch of the roof to the extension and treatment of the garden space and access (which is visible from the river frontage).     

The Design & Access statement submitted with the proposal surmises that the reason for the listing of the property is the West Street frontage. The Society has noted that the river frontage also forms an important heritage aspect within the context of the Conservation Area. 

Decision: Awaited.

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

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.

Decision: The application has been withdrawn prior to a Decision.

Application S/086/01764/16, Round Corner Cottage, 14a, West Street, Horncastle
Retrospective application for the installation of replacement hinged casement uPVC windows.

Society Comments: Formal objection as ELDC Policy is for window replacements to be timber framed in the Conservation Area. Question also raised concerning the style of the original windows as no details presented in the application: the rear of the property has Yorkshire Sliders.  

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.

Response pending (due 18th November 2016).

  

Michael Hieatt
10th November 2016



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. 

 

Mareham Road 

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

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.