Carry on dancing say ELDC

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East Lindsey District Council has rejected a bid to turn a successful Horncastle business into a residential dwelling.

The Dance Studio is run by Sonia Boddy and her daughter. They also live at the premises.

ELDC’s planning committee heard an application last Thursday from Mrs Boddy’s ex-husband Matt Baxter who was seeking permission to convert the building to residential use.

Members of the planning committee rejected Mr Baxter’s application after his ex-wife told them the studio was a successful business.

She said: “It is a vital community asset to Horncastle and is used by primary and secondary schools.

“It also offers local employment.”

Mrs Boddy was supported by Horncastle district councillor Fiona Martin.

Mr Baxter said there was no evidence to suggest the studio was a vital community asset.

Planning officers also raised concerns about noise from a nearby public house.