A second attempt to build on a village pub car park has been declined after concerns it could cut too much parking and affect community events.
A plan from Bateman’s to build a single detached bungalow on the grounds of the Five Bells Pub in Butterwick was turned down by councillors at a planning meeting last Tuesday.
It followed another application in November to erect two semi-detached houses on the same site, which was withdrawn following opposition from residents and the parish council including a 363 signature petition opposing any development on the site.
Although no neighbour representations were made at the meeting on this new plan, parish Coun Jane Upshall spoke on the village’s behalf.
Concerns were raised that the loss of parking would result in strains elsewhere in the village and a loss of space for community events.
Ward councillor and borough council leader Peter Bedford pointed to events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and said similar events, which included closing the road, would be harder to hold.
Concerns were also raised about the moving of the bus shelter and the fact the bungalow was situated close to the main road.