B&B plan splits vote, but given green light

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

A controversial bid to turn a property in Sleaford town centre into a bed and breakfast has been approved by a narrow margin.

The application for the former Emporium complex, in Toft Lane, off Northgate, went before North Kesteven District Council’s planning committee last Tuesday.

Officers had recommended that the scheme be approved, describing it as ‘an appropriate form of development’ in the location.

However, members voted eight in favour of the 10-bed scheme and eight against, with three abstentions.

The chairman’s casting vote would go on to decide the matter.

The application had attracted a number of objections, including concern from neighbours over noise, odour, a loss of privacy, fire safety, access and proposed use of Upvc windows in what is a Conservation Area.

Sleaford Town Council had also objected to the scheme on such grounds as privacy, noise, access and parking.

Speaking after the meeting, Coun Pat Woodman, chairman of the planning committee said: “The application was approved after members carefully considered some of the material planning considerations, including the impacts on parking, residential amenity and layout, including suitability for conversion to bed and breakfast accommodation, and concerns over the potential for future use as a house in multiple occupancy.”