Green light for old barns in Humberston to be converted into homes
DILAPIDATED barns in Humberston will be converted into seven new homes by April 2014 after developers won a year-long battle with planners.
North East Lincolnshire Council has approved the development of the derelict buildings at the top of South Sea Lane.
They will be converted into seven new homes – one one-bedroom home, five two-bedroom properties and a three-bedroom house – which the developers hope to start building within weeks and plan to complete by the spring of 2014.
The developer, South Sea Lane Cottages Ltd, which is a partnership between five local tradesman, first applied for planning permission for nine new homes in September last year, as reported.
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It was approved by Humberston Parish Council and Councillor Steve Norton spoke in support of the application at NELC's Planning Committee meeting in January this year.
Councillors discussed the application at length, but refused the application on the grounds that there was a risk of "overdevelopment" and a possibility the scheme could ruin the "historic appearance and character" of the area.
Afterwards, a furious Steve Dixon, one of the developers, branded the council as being "out of touch" claiming he believed the committee had "obviously made up their mind" before the meeting.
However, after eight long months of working with the planning authority and conservation officers, a revised application for seven new homes has now been approved by NELC.
Mr Dixon has admitted: "I think it has worked out best for everyone in the end".
He added: "I was livid after the first refusal, particularly after the application had received such overwhelming support from the parish council.
"However, looking back doesn't help so we decided to look forward and work with the planning authority, attending almost weekly meetings, at which we were given some very good advice.
"Now, we are certain that we have the development to the right specification. We will buy our materials locally and our company employs nine people so we can look forward to the next year with a very positive approach now that the plan has been approved."
His statement was echoed by planning consultant Dieter Nelson.
"Steve and I are both local boys and we are glad that we can put this property back into use for future generations," he said.
"There have been some compromises along the way but, in the end, I think that the result has been positive for all parties involved."