Garden restoration is still on course

Delays continue following the serious collision
Delays continue following the serious collision

Ambitious plans to re-develop the famous Peto Gardens at Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa have had to be scaled back but are still being backed by district council planners.

ELDC gave permission in 2013 for nine new homes to be built off Monument Road on land owned by the hotel.

The hotel’s owners stressed money generated by the project would be used to restore the gardens.

Planners included a Section 106 agreement in the permission which outlined how much money would be spent on the restoration.

Figures presented to ELDC’s planning committee tomorrow (Thursday) show the initial budget was £752,000.

However, members of the planning committee will be told the figure is now £645,000.

According to a report submitted to ELDC, the reduced figure is because of extra work involved in the housing development - including drainage and legal costs - and the fact only eight of the nine plots have been sold.

The report, drawn up by planning officer Chris Panton, states that the majority of the work will still go ahead but plans to restore a Jacobean Walkway - at a cost of £348,000 - have been scrapped.

Mr Panton says the decision regarding the wlakway is ‘regrettable’ but adds: “The remaining essential elements are still deliverable.

This would of still bring forward a significant enhancement to the gardens, the hotel setting and the tourism offer in Woodhall Spa.”

“I therefore present this report for information and endorsement to seek the reassurance of the members to proceed to complete the Section 106 Agreement - less one of the essential provisions.”