Hogsthorpe house okayed

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East Lindsey planners have approved a contentious plan for a new detached house and commercial joinery workshop on the edge of Hogsthorpe.

Backing the proposal, Cllr Dick Edginton said the unusual design of the house - which includes plenty of roof glazing - would “add spice” to the character of the village.

Support also came from planning committee vice-chairman Cllr Steve O’Dare and from Cllr Sid Dennis who both expressed confidence that the proposal would “enhance” Hogsthorpe.

Members noted that the application by Frank Bartle to develop the field, which is located off Sloothby High Lane, was opposed by the parish council and several neighbours because the site is prone to flooding.

This concern was shared by ward representative Cllr Hazel Newcombe, one of three committee members who voted against the plan.

Prior to the debate, there was a presentation from Melissa Bartle who said her father currently operated from a lock-up garage in Skegness where there was an issue with security.

To protect the amenities of neighbours, the consent is subject to noise restrictions and other conditions which will be determined at next month’s meeting of the committee.