Group vows to take action against plans


A campaign group has vowed to continue fighting after an application by Giles Academy to turn nearby farmland into a playing field was granted by Boston Borough Council.

Barrie Pierpoint, of Old Leake Action Group, said members would look at what action can be taken against the plans at its next meeting.

He said the group felt the council’s planning committee had ‘disregarded residents’ concerns’ over the plans for the field between Southfield Lane and School Lane.

A spokesman for the council defended the decision and said there was a thorough debate over a period of an hour following a site visit.

They said: “The vote of six members in favour and four against demonstrates that residents’ concerns were taken into account.”

They said the committee had a full set of documents including location and site plans and a ‘comprehensive report including full details of concerns about the application, including security, future development, generation of litter and noise, access to 
toilets and alternative facilities’.

Mr Pierpoint said the group believed the ‘controversial’ development would cause ‘havoc’ in the village and ‘increase anti-social behaviour’.

Giles Academy head teacher Chris Walls defended his pupils’ behaviour and said the group have had ‘two opportunities during consultation to make their points’. He said he believed the school had listened to the concerns.

He said the academy was very popular and well subscribed and said he believed the plans were in the best interests of staff and students.

Last Tuesday, the committee gave permission for the application with a number of conditions relating to landscaping, buffer zones between the site and nearby properties and measures to direct users away from neighbouring residential properties.