No bus service policy threatens Councillor’s rural homes plan

Planning
Planning

A lack of public transport to Kirkby-cum-Osgodby is being cited by planners as grounds to refuse a planning application for two live-work units from North Wolds County Councillor Tony Turner.

Citing national planning policy frameworks, a report by West Lindsey District Council says the homes “would be located in an unsustainable and isolated location, where future occupiers would not have access to essential services without the use of a motor vehicle.”

Planners also say permission should also be refused as the proposal on Land off Church View is in open countryside and development of the 1710m2 site would “erode the traditional visual gap between Kirkby-Cum-Osgodby and Kingerby.”

Coun Turner, who has appointed Brant Clayton (TrueLove Property Ltd) to act for him, had a larger proposal for three homes turned down by councillors in July, but his agents resubmitted the current smaller proposal as councillors had expressed some support for it. He seeks to build the homes for family members to operate a fencing/farm contracting business, with one home sold on the open market.

However, the report prepared for a meeting of West Lindsey’s planning committee meeting tonight says villagers say the area has no facilities to support any development, there is no need for the housing, and plenty of in-fill sites within Osgodby could be developed instead.

“Proposal for business use would destroy the peaceful character of the area and detract from residential amenity,” the report continued.

It also warns of the development generating extra traffic along narrow, country lanes.