February – planning news
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Some contentious applications are in progress, all development in the open countryside.
Reference numbers are to “planning on line” at North Kesteven District or Lincolnshire County Council.
The new rendering plant at Norton Disney was refused by the County Council on February 3rd.
There were over a thousand objections and less than 5% in support. Full planning at NKDC recommended refusal on the grounds of Site selection, Odour and air quality, Landscape and visual impacts. Concerns were raised on traffic and transport, the historic environment, minerals safeguarding, noise and construction, ground water contamination, surface water and flood risk and ecology. County Councillors formally viewed the Norton Disney site, with local demonstrators present and more information was provided at the County Council meeting, especially on the significance of impact on the heritage setting on an important archaeological site. Lincolnshire Independent, Cllr Marianne Overton spoke against the development. The final decision to refuse was on the grounds of being unacceptable development in the open countryside and unnecessary as other sites exist, and the market is falling. PL/0036/18
New Intensive pig rearing unit below Harmston Viewpoint
Our consultants have assessed the information following questions submitted by me and by the public. The application is expected to go to committee at NKDC in Sleaford on March 17th . Public welcome. Please add your comment and see more information on “planning on-line North Kesteven” Ref: 19/1085/FUL
Equestrian development at North Hilltop Farm, Leadenham top, opposite the landfill site.
A well attended public meeting was held in Leadenham Village Hall for residents to see the plans and inform the Parish Council of their views. It is likely to go to the March meeting at the District Council.
New Crematorium at Thurlby- Public Inquiry
Three Lincolnshire Independents represent this area at District and County ouncil. Cllrs Mary Green, Chris Spray and Marianne Overton attended all day with local community leaders and made contributions when local information was pertinent. The applicant wanted the plan to be considered as a Community Initiative under LP15, but for that, the business would need to be connected to the community. It isn’t. The applicants also argued that it should be allowed under LP55, economic development. For this to be in open countryside, when we have vacant allocated sites, there has to be an over-riding need, which was much discussed by the experts present. The Council’s team of five argued, successfully in my view, that the need for this development and on this site was not proven. We shall see what the Inspector thinks.
Row of six workshops at Nocton
The site of Nocton Nurseries looks like an industrial site, with access off the main B1188 road. However, it is registered in the Local Plan as agricultural buildings in the open countryside. Evidence was given of need and of its past use as a commercial workshop, which the Council disputed. Lincolnshire Independents weighed up the evidence, the different policies and the way in which the application fits them, some voting against and some for. The majority of councillors were in favour of the row of six workshops on this site, and permission was granted. 19/0752/FUL