RAF Kirton in Lindsey
Loughborough based business Acorn Recyclers appointed Globe to progress an appeal following the refusal of an application, made on behalf of Acorn by a third party company, for three disused aircraft hangers to be brought back to productive use for employment purposes.
Our role was to quickly establish an understanding of the planning application and the weaknesses in the Council’s decision making process, before the window within which an appeal could be made closed. A robust appeal case was made through written representations, along with an application for costs to be awarded.
A Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government agreed with the case presented by Globe in support of the reuse of the large former military buildings for use class B8 storage and ancillary business use class B1 uses. In assessing the appeal against North Lincolnshire Council’s refusal the Inspector agreed that the proposals would have no highway safety, heritage and amenity impacts that couldn’t be properly controlled through site management secured through planning conditions. She concluded that the proposals were consistent with the Council’s own policy and that the proposed development entirely suitable for its location.
The Inspector also found that the Council had acted unreasonably in refusing the application whilst failing to provide any evidence to support assertions that harm would arise. The application had previously been assessed by officers and recommended for approval. As a result of that unreasonable behaviour an application to reclaim costs for pursuing the appeal was awarded to the appellant.