“We might have won the battle but not the war”

The site of the proposed live-work units.

The site of the proposed live-work units.

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Osgodby and Kingerby residents are celebrating the refusal of planning permission for two live-work units in open countryside between Kirkby Cum Osgodby and Kingerby.

West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee last week agreed to back an officers report to turn down the application from agents acting for North Wolds Councillor Tony Turner.

Planners said the development would spoil the open countryside between the two villages and the area lacked the public transport and other facilities to make the scheme sustainable. The meeting also heard this resubmitted scheme had attracted a further 43 letters of objection from nearby residents.

Victor Mason, Chairman of Osgodby and Kirkby Parish Council, told councillors Osgodby had 15 other sites in the village that were suitable for development, and the parish council wanted development within the village to support its school, pub and post office.

Agent Barry Truelove said the development would bring much-needed jobs to the area, but Mike Ormian of Kirkby said residents there already had jobs, they were retired with no children and they were quite happy with the place as it is.

Local district Counciilor Geoff Wiseman agreed, saying the proposal was in an isolated location and would create ‘ribbon development’ between two villages.

After the meeting, Mike Ormian said “everybody is pleased” at the refusal, but he believes Truelove Properties has plans for other developments on the site.

“We might have won the battle but not necessarily the war. I feel they may appeal. I was surprised at the amount of reaction. They are all horrified an agricultural field can be built on in that location,” he said.