Residents claim development could ‘ruin’ Glentham

Sue Allan and Peter Christiansen EMN-160502-140543001
Sue Allan and Peter Christiansen EMN-160502-140543001
  • Fears grow over plans to build five-bedroom house in village’s historic conservation area

Villagers are starting a petition over fears an historic view will be “ruined forever” if plans go-ahead to build a new home in a conservation area - next to a Grade One listed church.

Residents in Glentham are fighting plans for a five-bedroom detached home to be built in a field next to St Peter’s Church.

Sue Allan - an historian and one of the people leading the campaign - said: “It’s really the only unspoilt part of the village left.

“You often see people looking down over the view because it’s beautiful.

“It’s a view of cottages dating back to the 1600s.

“The house will stand directly by the gate (pictured) and that view will be gone forever.

“It’ll also block the view of the church.

“For one person to build one house, everyone else will be robbed of a view of something that’s been enjoyed for hundreds of years, and it’s not just about now, it’s about future generations.

“It’ll be ruined forever.

“There’s been a lot of upset about this because it’s something everyone enjoys.

“It’s caused a lot of anxiety.”

And Ms Allan said there were ‘plenty’ of other places to build homes in the village.

She also raised concersn about flooding at the site and access for emergency 
vehicles.

Another resident, Peter Christiansen, who lives next to the proposed development site, said: “It may not look right much at this time of year but in the spring, summer and autumn the view across the fields is just beautiful.

“I often see people from my back door standing by the church wall admiring 
it.”

The planning application has been submitted to West Lindsey District Council and a public consultation period is now under way.

The application was submitted by Andrew Rose.

A statement in the proposal said: “The house is of traditional design so it can complement the surrounding houses in particular Manor House and St Peter’s Church to ensure the characteristics of the village are maintained.”

It went on to say: “The application site does not contain any designated heritage assets.

“The immediate surrounding area contains one designated heritage asset in the form of a Grade I listed building (St Peter’s Church) and the site and its surroundings fall within the Glentham Conservation Area.

“The application proposal has been assessed against the character, appearance and setting of both the Conservation Area and the nearby listed building as well as manor house which has been identified as notable historic asset (Glentham Conservation Area Report).

“The detailed design of the proposal has been informed by this assessment and it is therefore considered that the proposed development will not affect these designated heritage assets and seeks to improve the existing conservation 
area.”

Glentham has a long history as a settlement - with Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon artefacts discovered locally - and was mentioned in the Domesday Book.