North Kesteven

By Local Democracy Reporter

A Lincoln village pub which has been shut for six years is set to get a big refurbishment in the hopes of securing its future.

The Horse and Jockey on Waddington High Street could get a bigger beer garden, interior redecoration and extensive improvements to the outside.

Operator Stars Pubs and Bars wants to find a new operator for the country pub once work is complete.

The list of proposed changes include a new canopy, alterations to the conservatory, a 70% bigger patio, a replacement main entrance, external redecoration, internal alterations, an electric vehicle charging point and an accessible toilet.

The application says: “The premises are currently vacant and have been so for approximately 6 years. The proposals are designed to re-instate a viable public house operation and to make best use of the premises and its existing facilities.”

It adds that the building needs “considerable investment in order to address ongoing wear and tear”.

The pub’s owner hopes to find a new operator | Photo: Google

The Grade II listed building is located on the junction of High Street and Manor Lane.

Parts of the building date back to the 18th century, with various extensions added.

It closed around 2016 as many pubs found trade increasingly difficult.

Bridgeway Contracts have drawn up designs for refurbishing the country pub and making it appealing to customers again.

A report into the application says that the changes would “protect the heritage asset, reduce any potential negative effects on the Conservation Area from a significant building being unoccupied and to mitigate risks associated with medium term vacancy such as vandalism and theft.”

The plans have been submitted to North Kesteven District Council for consideration.

By Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for an over 55s retirement village are likely to be scrapped.

Developers hoped to build a community hub and 47 bungalows off Grantham Road in Navenby.

Despite previous plans for a care home on the site being approved, council officers say the latest designs would have “unacceptable visual impact” on the village.

The land, which is next to Cliff Villages Medical Practice, is also outside of the development boundary.

The plans will go before North Kesteven District Council’s planning committee next week.

A visual of the proposed village | Photo: NDC Group

The council previously gave the go-ahead for a care home with eight bungalows, saying there was exceptional demand for this kind of development.

The project was marketed for four years to find an operator with no interest.

The revised scheme for a retirement village was submitted in February by Richard Overton of NDC Group.

However, planners say that a development of this scale can’t be justified, and there is little demand for it.

Small projects can only be allowed outside of development boundaries in “exceptional circumstances”.

The plans are likely to be refused | Photo: NDC Group

A report into the project also says: “The proposals are considered to have an unacceptable visual impact in terms of the historic setting of the settlements of Navenby and Wellingore” which “isn’t outweighed by the public benefits fo the scheme.”

Some of the new bungalows would include dormer rooms but most would be single-storey buildings.

The planning application claims that the retirement village “provides much needed ground floor accommodation for the rapidly increasing elderly and infirm population.

One of the landmark-based roundabouts planned for the site | Photo: NDC Group

“It conforms to the established principles for the site. Instead of constructing a large building block, this latest scheme creates a more dispersed format incorporating individual single storey residences for independent living.”

It would also include 12 affordable plots.

The scheme will go before the planning committee for a final decision on Tuesday, July 6.

Plans to convert part of Sleaford’s former bass maltings into more than a hundred apartments and more than 20 houses have been submitted.

North Kesteven District Council’s Architectural Design and Investment Manager Scott Masterman has applied to the authority’s planning department to build on two areas of land adjacent to The Maltings, on Mareham Way, which includes Unit 1 along with grade II listed outbuildings and entry gateway.

The plans include building a four-storey block with 65 one and two-bedroom apartments, a three-storey block with 39 apartments and 22 terraced houses of two and three-bedrooms. The historic outbuildings would be converted into four further two-bedroom homes.

The site would be accessed by Maltings Way and includes 99 parking spaces, along with bike storage.

Elsewhere, other “unsightly” brick and timber outbuildings would be demolished, while the entrance gateway would be partially demolished, relocated and reconstructed further into the site – a design and access statement describes the condition of the gates as “currently very poor”.

“The proposed scheme unites the two site areas 1 and 2… with the removal the existing industrial/ warehouse unit whilst creating a balanced mix of residential apartments and houses on an existing unused brownfield site incorporating access roads, common green spaces and private gardens,” said the statement.

A 3D view of the site plan.

The developers say the scheme balances between larger apartment blocks to the north of the site, the Bass Maltings boundary to the east and the family houses to the south and west.

“In effect, the proposed residential scheme reflects and juxtaposes the scale of the existing built surroundings, blending the industrial scale of existing building mass with the residential semi-urban scale of semi-detached housing and apartments into an appropriate proportionate massing which stands respectfully against the heritage context.

“Additionally, the group of three listed buildings in the southwest area remains primarily unaffected apart from conversion alterations to contemporary residential dwellings.”

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