Hopes are rising that an ambitious £1.4-million project to breathe new life Woodhall Spa’s nationally-important Harold Peto Gardens will soon go ahead.
Since March 2013, there has been Listed building consent for the gardens - in the grounds of the Grade II Listed Petwood Hotel - to be restored.
However, the works are dependent on monies an “enabling scheme” for nine dwellings to be constructed on adjacent land . Planning permission for this came later.
A developer has now been found for all but one of the building plots, but, at an East Lindsey planning meeting, members heard that a financial shortfall meant that one particularly expensive aspect of the restoration - refurbishment of the Jacobean walkway - cannot proceed.
However, despite this disappointment, 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.
Notably enthusiastic was Coun Terry Aldridge who described how, in summer, he had enjoyed a cream tea on the balustrade in the Petwood grounds on the occasion of his daughter’s wedding.
To laughter, committee chairman Coun Dick Edginton observed: “I am not sure that your eating and dining arrangements are a material planning consideration.”
Following the meeting, Miss Brealey said the committee’s endorsement paved the way for the firm to “get cracking”.