BREAKING: Controversial housing plan for Julian Bower site is rejected

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There was a ‘first’ at an East Lindsey planning meeting today (April 7) - a reference to John Cleese and the two Ronnies.

During a debate on a proposed 12-home development on the former playing fields at Julian Bower in Louth, Councillor Jill Makinson- Sanders compared the different elevations of the land to the different heights of the three comedians.

“It’s a weird site,” she declared. “It’s quite complex.

“Any new properties will create problems with overlooking - occupants of some of the new homes would be able to see into the sitting rooms of their neighbours.”

Coun Makinson-Sanders went on to warn that long-standing flooding problems would be compounded, especially if front garden attenuation ponds were filled in by incoming occupants.

The committee noted there was ongoing dispute on the archaeological and heritage value of the site, with Andrew Clover - representing the applicants, King Edward VI School - claiming that it is of “no archaeological significance”.

He continued : “The properties would be built using sympathetic materials, and there would be no adverse impact on views towards Louth parish church.”

Speaking to the Leader after the committee meeting, campaigner Prisca Furlong said: “Mission accomplished! One year’s work of intensive historical and archaeological research has paid off and the planning application has been refused.

“In the end common sense prevailed, and the ELDC committee followed the sincerely-presented arguments that factions have tried to deflect throughout.”

Ultimately, no councillor spoke in favour of the scheme which was refused on the recommendation of senior planning case officer Rachel Needham, who said: “The proposed development would be an inappropriate urban intrusion into the countryside.”

Coun Tom Ashton commented : “There needs to be a complete and thorough survey of the site to establish once and for all the heritage value of the site.”

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