Fresh battle for Rasen flats


Work has started on a development of 13 flats in Market Rasen, but the project faces a fresh planning hurdle and public opposition.

Though approved by West Lindsey District Council in the past, the planning permission has lapsed and the applicant needs to secure retrospective planning permission from the council.

Market Rasen Town Council’s planning committee last week objected to the proposal on car parking grounds, though members also raised other objections.

The proposal at 20A Orchard Road is sited on a small plot immediately behind ‘the Hub’ community facility adjoining the car park.

Previously, the site had been marketed for £245,000 with full planning permission for apartments, but the land was sold for just £125,000 earlier this year. The new owner is listed as Joann Parsons of Polsham, Wells, Somerset. Ms Parsons is seeking a similar development to the one sought by former owner John Clixby in 2011.

At the council meeting, district and town councillor Ken Bridger said the development would fuel parking problems on the nearby public car park.

Coun Steve Bunney recalled the council’s opposition to the original project on car parking grounds, also noting the high density nature of the project.

Members, who noted some digging on the site had begun several weeks previously, expected it would be opposed by nearby businesses and residents.

One who declined to be named, told the Rasen Mail, she feared the existing digging would create a hazard, with the semi-abandonned works leading to vandals picking up rocks to throw at nearby windows.