Delays to repair of Nocton Hall are ‘intolerable’

Nocton Hall. EMN-140921-170316001
Nocton Hall. EMN-140921-170316001

Promising signs of progress to save the derelict Nocton Hall, devastated by fire 10 years ago, appear to be fading.

Now the parish council has issued a new resolution at its monthly meeting expressing members’ frustration at what it calls the ‘failure’ by its owners, LEDA Properties, to engage with the community over its plans for future development of the Grade II listed hall and associated RAF hospital site.

The hall’s owners had met with North Kesteven District Council and Nocton Parish Council earlier this year. At that time it was said the firm had been ‘aware’ of the requirements of the council and English Heritage regarding development on the site through its so-called ‘agreed options appraisal’ allowing limited development to pay for preservation of the hall. Again, at that time Nick Hardcastle, director of Leda Properties, had insisted there was ‘a will there on all parties’ to find a solution.

But the parish council has now aired its latest frustrations in an open letter stating LEDA Properties has failed to meet its own timetable for preparing an initial site development plan, as promised in April. It also states: “The entire area is now an overgrown eyesore and an unwelcome attraction for fly-tippers, ‘zombie hunters’ and other undesirable visitors whose activities cause a major nuisance to local residents. The parish council notes that the increasing costs of dealing with this situation fall to the hard-pressed council tax payers and not to the current owners.”

The parish council is calling on district and county councils, English Heritage and the MP to help bring about an end to the what the letter describes as an ‘intolerable’ situation.

The Standard tried to contact Leda Properties for a comment but at time of going to press had not received one.