October 3, 2018 2.48 pm This story is over 65 months old

New rules to protect Woodhall Spa’s character

New rules would be brought in to preserve the appearance of the unique Lincolnshire village

Strict new rules are set to be brought in to ‘save’ Woodhall Spa for future generations.

An order, known as Article Four, has been requested by the parish council, and is being examined by East Lindsey District Council in order to protect ‘the unique and distinctive character’ of the village.

It will mean existing buildings will no longer require planning permission for some changes.

But, they will have to abide by designs laid out by ELDC which reflect the original vision by  architect Richard Aldophus Came, who designed the spa town in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Woodhall Spa. Photo: Google Streetview

The idea is to encourage residents to preserve the identity of the village and cover replacement doors, windows, roofs and fences.

It will include buildings such as homes and shops as well as venues such as the Kinema in the Woods or the Cottage Museum.

Under the plans, if a resident wanted to replace their 6ft wooden garden gate or fence, they could do so with a 3.5ft iron one instead without requiring permission.

A report before the district’s Full Council on Wednesday says consultation carried out by the authority saw a positive response with more than three-quarters of those who responded being in favour.

The report concludes: “The approach and proposals being considered are a positive approach to managing change in Woodhall Spa Conservation Area and provide a proportionate, balanced, and clearer planning environment in which residential and commercial property owners can plan and invest with confidence.

“The proposals will help maintain Woodhall Spa’s attraction as a place to live and visit and thereby help preserve and enhance its character and appearance and the local economy.”