Homes set to be apple of architect’s eye

The planning application was refused

The planning application was refused

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An upmarket housing development proposed for the edge of Market Rasen would feature extensive landscaping with orchard trees, including crab apple, wild cherry plus ancient Lincolnshire varieties.

Applicant Steve Keast seeks to build five large homes, measuring 220m2-300m2, on the eastern side of Woodlands Lane, where he lives.

A planning statement by Jonathan Hendry Arxhitects Ltd of Lincolnshire, says the application site is outside the local development boundary for Market Rasen.

The site is also located close to Brick-Pits fishing lakes, so it is designated a Local Wildlife Site and SNCI site.

However, the report also notes officer feedback from West Lindsey District Council that the site is “recognised as one of the last remaining pieces of land potentially suitable for development within Market Rasen.” Furthermore, considering the site’s rural location, large homes are suitable.

The report adds the development is ‘sustainable’ as it is close to Market Rasen and its amenities. The grassland covering the site has little ecological value and the proposed scheme has been devised not to harm the existing ecology or trees. The proposed extensive tree and hedge planting would also improve its biodiversity.

Thus, the project would be a sustainable and appropriate use of the site, it concluded.