May 16, 2019 10.32 am This story is over 30 months old

Brownfield nursery development turned down

The plans did not meet planning policies at West Lindsey

Plans to redevelop a former RAF station, and later knitwear factory, in Fiskerton and turn them into offices, a nursery and housing, have been rejected by West Lindsey District Council.

Applicant Fiskerton Developments wanted to demolish some of the office buildings on Ferry Road, convert a nearby house known as Wilton Dene into a nursery, crèche and build 28 houses and flats on the site.

“The proposal enables the regeneration of a predominantly derelict brownfield site in a gateway to the village location, provides meaningful employment provision and housing to respond to need,” they said.

The site was originally home to RAF Fiskerton, and later the Tanya Knitwear Factory.

The site layout plan submitted to WLDC.

The build would have included four one-bed flats (two of which were classed affordable) along with nine two-bed, 10 three-bed and five four-bed houses.

It was supported by Fiskerton Parish Council, who despite the number of houses planned, agreed it was “better to have houses and businesses rather than a derelict brown field site”.

However, planning officers noted the development was contrary to several policies including building in the countryside, the crèche being in a poor location and the redevelopment of the vacant brownfield site not being balanced out by the residential part or meeting a number of policy tests.

They also said not enough had been done to offer affordable housing, NHS contributions and open space.

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