Proposal: Change of use of land for the siting of caravans for residential purposes for 4 gypsy pitches and associated hardstanding, access and utility blocks.
Location: Land Off Bulby Lane, Bulby Lane, Fulbeck, NG32 3JG
Recommendation: That the application is refused.
Location: Land off Bulby Lane, Bulby Lane Fulbeck, NG32 3JG
Decision: To refuse the application
Councillor Milnes spoke on this application as the Ward Member. She removed herself to the public gallery and took no part in debate on nor voting in respect of the application.
Noting comments made during the public speaking session by:
Councillor Penny Milnes
Julian Fane (Fulbeck)
13:46 – Councillor Reid left the meeting
14:00 - As the meeting had been in progress for 3 hours, the Chairman asked for Members’ consent to continue. Members agreed
· No objection from North Kesteven District Council
· Comments from the SKDC Partnerships Officer
· Comments from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
· Comments from Heritage Lincolnshire
· No comments from SKDC’s Environmental Protection Services
· Comments from Historic England
· An objection from Fulbeck Parish Council
· Comments from Lincolnshire County Council Highways and SUDS Support
· An objection and comments from the SKDC Historic Buildings Advisor
· Comments from SKDC Planning Policy
· Comments from SKDC Street Scene as set out in the additional information report published on 11 October 2019
· Comments from the SKDC Conservation Team as set out in the additional information report published on 11 October 2019
· Representations received as a result of public consultation
· Provisions within the National Planning Policy Framework and the South Kesteven Core Strategy and supplementary planning documents
· Site visit observations
· Comments made by members at the meeting
It was proposed, seconded and agreed that the application be refused for the following reasons:
1. The development, if permitted, would fail to preserve the significance of both the Grade I Listed St Nicholas Church, Fulbeck; and the Grade II* Listed Fulbeck Hall. The development would also fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Fulbeck Conservation Area. As such the proposal would fail to accord with Policy EN1 of the South Kesteven Core Strategy (2010) and Section 16 of the NPPF (2019) as it causes less than substantial harm to the significance of St. Nicholas Church (Grade I), Fulbeck Hall (Grade II*) and Fulbeck Conservation Area, along with guidance at paragraph 22 of Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (August 2015). The public benefits associated with the proposals in respect of the provision of gypsy and traveller accommodation does not outweigh the harm caused to heritage assets in this instance.
2. Insufficient information has been submitted to show that the site would be drained sufficiently and appropriately to ensure both an acceptable living environment for future residents, and to prevent the risk of flooding to neighbouring properties in accordance with the requirements of Policies H4 and EN2 of the South Kesteven Core Strategy (2010); paragraph 163 of the NPPF (2019) and the relevant provisions of Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (August 2015).
3. Insufficient information has been submitted to show that the proposal would not adversely impact upon the ecological interest of the site. As such the proposal is contrary to Policy EN1 of the South Kesteven Core Strategy (2010); para. 170 of the NPPF (2019) and the relevant provisions of Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (August 2015).
4. The development, if permitted, would be located on a site which does not have good access to main roads. The immediate area, and the village of Fulbeck as a whole, is characterised with narrow, often single track, roads with limited verges and footpaths and high hedges or walls. The regularity of vehicle movements to facilitate the day to day life of 4 families would result in an adverse impact upon the character and appearance of the site and its immediate surroundings by virtue of the significant increase in the level of traffic travelling, predominantly along Bulby Lane and North End Lane, to access necessary services and facilities outside the village. This is likely to result in damage to verges and hedgerows, and subsequently adversely impacting upon the local distinctiveness and sense of place that Fulbeck currently benefits from. As such the proposal would be contrary to Policies H4 and EN1 of the South Kesteven Core Strategy (2010) and the relevant provisions of Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (August 2015).
14:20 to 14:28 – the meeting adjourned