Planners confirm support for Spa’s garden re-vamp

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Planners at East Lindsey District Council have re-affirmed their support for a £1.4m project to breathe new life into Woodhall Spa’s nationally-important Harold Peto Gardens.

Since March, 2013, there has been building consent for the gardens - in the grounds of the Grade II Listed Petwood Hotel - to be restored.

However, the works are dependent on funds from an ‘enabling scheme’ for nine dwellings to be constructed on adjacent land. Planning permission has been granted.

A developer has now been found for all but one of the building plots - as revealed in the News last week.

At an East Lindsey planning commitee meeting last Thursday, members heard that a financial shortfall meant a particularly expensive aspect of the restoration - refurbishment of the Jacobean walkway - cannot proceed. Despite this, councillors agreed with planning chief Chris Panton that this should not be an obstacle to progress - especially after hearing an upbeat presentation from Petwood director Emma Brealey.

Following the meeting, Miss Brealey said the committee’s endorsement paved the way to “get cracking” on the programme of improvements.

Reports confirm the gardens will be a major boost to local tourism.

lPlanners give the go-ahead for a tree preservation order on an English oak, a purple Norway maple and a lime tree that are growing at 4 Sylvan Avenue in Woodhall Spa.

A similar order has been made for a copse comprising birch, oak, hazel, ash and pine on land adjoining Sandiacre, off Sandy Lane in Roughton.

l A controversial plan for a detached house to be built on the outskirts of Goulceby was approved.

An initial application to develop the site was considered in August but refused by ELDC, with planning committee members objecting to the bungalow-style design.

But a revised scheme, with a more traditional house design, was backed by the planning committee, despite an observation from planning chief Chris Panton that the location, on the corner of Goulceby Lane and Ford Way, encroached into the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.

Coun Tom Ashton spoke in support of the application and said:: “Goulceby are happy with it - and it’s their village.”