Caistor couple Stephen and Clare Hebdon fought council planners on ‘The Beeches’ and won at a second appeal.
The pair, who live at The Beeches, 44 Nettleton Road, had been refused planning permission by West Lindsey District Council for a three-bedroomed chalet bungalow in their large private garden by their existing bungalow.
Planning inspector George Arrowsmith said the issue was whether the proposal would lead to the direct loss of trees to the detriment of the area’s character and/or increase the pressure for further lopping or felling that could lead to further loss of character.
A previous appeal was lost as the proposal would have harmed a protected beech tree, but a change to the plan meant it would no longer overlap the tree root’s protection area. There were also fears over protected oak and ash trees, but the Hebdon’s now proposed to protect the ash tree roots by using “a suspended raft foundation system,” which the inspector believed was sufficient.
The appeal was won subject to the Hebdon’s designing a scheme to dispose of foul and surface water that would not harm the trees, details of how the trees would be protected being approved by WLDC and the development was in approved colours and materials.