January 24, 2020 3.54 pm This story is over 20 months old

Boston apartment plans go to appeal after council rejection

The plans were rejected following concerns over the lack of parking associated with the apartments

Developers have appealed a decision which halted plans to demolish a former Boston pub and build 55 apartments on land behind Asda superstore.

The Alrahmin Trust, who are behind plans to demolish the now-vacant New Castle Inn and build three blocks of flats on the land on Fydell Street, submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State on January 17.

The plans were rejected following concerns over the lack of parking associated with the apartments.

The three-storey build plans included a mix of one and two-bed apartments with amenity space provided in a central area.

How the site would have been laid out.

Officers said that 110 car spaces would be needed to comply with the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, however, the applicant felt that the area provides more than ample infrastructure within walking distance which negated the need.

At the time of the decision, councillors called the lack of facilities “impractical” and “dangerous”.

Agent for the applicant Chris Lilley told councillors the site was an “eyesore” which had been vacant for sometime and needed “rejuvenation”.

The former New Castle Inn.

The applicants argued there was more than enough infrastructure within walking distance and that the plans would encourage the use of local facilities.

The appeal is available on the planning inspectorate website,  reference APP/Z2505/W/19/3242853.

Deadline for comments is February 21, 2020.

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