A little under 18 months ago we were asked by Green Meadow Limited, who trade as ‘Acorn Recyclers’, if we would act as their planning agents for the former RAF Kirton in Lindsey base. Green Meadow had taken the unusual decision to dismiss their previous planning and legal teams and tasked Globe with bringing several fairly complex planning issues to a conclusion. These included; a planning appeal for 130,000sqft of warehousing; a planning appeal for a 40,000sqft Recycling Facility; a Change of Use application for 11,000sqft of workshops and an Outline Application for approximately 300 new dwellings.
Yesterday saw the successful conclusion of the Outline Application for 302 dwellings, which was granted permission unanimously by the North Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Committee.
Progressing the application has involved overcoming a range of issues including issues surrounding the heritage significance of the site which accommodates two Grade II Listed Buildings; a variety of ‘unknowns’ resulting from the past use of the site that needed to become knowns, including some surprisingly complex WW2 drainage systems; and the interrelationship between the proposed residential and approved commercial uses.
Developing the housing site will now remove a large number of existing derelict MOD buildings which, due to their age and build type, contain significant amounts of asbestos. The development will therefore represent a significant regeneration of this potentially, very attractive location. The number of dwellings approved will allow a low density housing development to take place in keeping with the rest of the town, and the site as currently masterplanned retains most of its mature trees and landscaping, helping to establish a sense of place from the outset.
Along the way, the Appeal for the 130,000sqft was allowed and costs awarded. The Recycling Centre Appeal was dismissed on the grounds of noise, but a further application secured change of use for B8 use. The remaining workshops are currently awaiting the final permission following the submission of a Unilateral Undertaking.
The future for this former military base is looking much brighter than it did a few months ago and, as the housing proposal aims to be very respectful of the existing WW2 Sector Operations Building which is to be retained along with its landscaping, it is hoped that this can provide interpretation of the site’s history and the many sacrifices made by those who served on the Base.