Five very positive planning decisions for our clients have arrived within days of each other, putting the Globe team in excellent spirits in the busy run up to Christmas.
First up was the decision to allow our appeal against the decision of West Lindsey District Council to refuse permission for a new four bedroom vicarage with an attached double garage on North Street in Middle Rasen. The application had been refused on the basis of its impact on the street scene and on the setting of the nearby Grade II* listed church. Our statement of case, however, successfully put forward the view that the ‘planning balance’ needed to take account of an existing extant permission in the same location for a five bedroom house, and the extent to which the existing vicarage, a modern building which is to be retained and renovated, screens the proposed dwelling from the church. At risk of over simplifying the Inspector’s view, he was in agreement with our key points and the permission was granted.
Hot on the heels of the appeal outcome came Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for a property at Bridge Street in Gainsborough. Although the application was led by Venezia, this was a bit of nostalgia trip for Russ, as over 20 years ago it was part of the Foundry Yard development that was done in partnership with the Riverside Regeneration Company he was managing at the time. The application site had been converted into a small family house linked to an artist’s studio and gallery space, while a group of adjoining listed wharf buildings on the bank of the River Trent were developed to form apartments and retail units. In more recent years, the application site was re-used by a community training organisation, but when the training use outgrew the space and moved elsewhere, the logical choice was to return the building back to a dwelling. Supported by a well-considered flood risk assessment, the application was granted approval, leading the way for the building to return to a small but interesting waterfront dwelling.
Next in was the approval of a new car park in Spilsby for our long standing client Robin Hood Parking. Spilsby has an isolated rural catchment of about 8,000 people with limited transport choices, so parking serves an important role. Moving from an existing temporary parking facility to a permanent permission has secured the parking facilities in the long term, and allowed landscaping and visual improvements to be made, bringing further benefits to the town.
Number four was the very long awaited decision to approve a farm diversification scheme at Pear Tree Farm, just outside the village of Beckingham in Nottinghamshire. The application sought to transform a redundant group of farm buildings at Pear Tree Farm into one of Bassetlaw’s premier tourist destinations. Globe were appointed prior to the initial concept stage and undertook considerable research in relation to visitor attractions within the region. The research particularly focused on those which were underpinned by an agricultural theme or formed part of a successful farm diversification initiative. Working closely with the client, a successful local businessman, Globe formulated a business plan which allowed the client’s initial vision to develop into a concrete masterplan for a leisure and tourism attraction comprising: a café; farm shop; children’s adventure play area; animal petting and feeding; horse stables; holiday lodge and caravan site; and, an eco-educational facility. Globe engaged with the local community to explain the vision and we were delighted to secure widespread support from local residents and the Parish Council who recognised the numerous benefits the scheme would bring to the local area. Despite initial positive feedback from the planning officers, progress with the application stalled and Globe were forced to escalate matters with direct communication to the Council’s Chief Executive and the Member of Parliament serving Bassetlaw. This intervention saw the application referred to the Council’s Planning Committee as a matter of urgency, and we were delighted that the proposals were backed unanimously by members, with a planning permission duly issued on 7th December.
The final result in this flurry of successful outcomes, was the approval of a change of use on the remaining aircraft hangar at the former RAF Kirton Lindsey air base. The building will now be put back into productive use for storage and distribution and will work alongside the other three hangars we obtained permission for earlier in the year. We are now awaiting a decision on an application for the same uses for five smaller buildings that sit within the same area of the site as the hangars.