Firm ‘no’ for housing plan

A DECISION to refuse a planning application in the grounds of a listed building has been upheld by the planning inspector.

Proposals to build four houses at the grade II listed West Skirbeck House, on London Road, have been refused twice by planners at Boston Borough Council, but the applicant chose to appeal against the decision.

However, a planning inspector who recently reviewed the application chose to support the authority’s decision, saying the proposals would ‘materially harm the setting of West Skirbeck House’ and would ‘not avoid detrimental fragmentation of management of a heritage asset.’

The applicant, Helen Proctor, first submitted an application to build in the grounds of the site in 2007.

The plans were refused as the planning board at the time thought it would be harmful to the setting and the open character of the property.

It was also thought that it would be inconsistent with nearby developments.

Steve Lumb, head of planning and strategy at Boston Borough Council, said: “The site is part of a wider protected landscape and these areas are ones which have been carefully assessed as contributing significantly to the character of the area and where new development should, put quite simply, not normally happen.”

He added that the matter had been refused in line with the council’s local plan, and said the backing of the planning inspector proved that policies contained within in were still relevant and valid.

An application by the appellant for the council to pay costs was also refused by the inspector.