Vets’ flats plan given go-ahead by council

The work at Quarrington Veterinary Surgery.
The work at Quarrington Veterinary Surgery.

A veterinary surgery near Sleaford has been given the go-ahead to covert its first floor to provide out-of-hours accommodation for staff.

Quarrington Veterinary Surgery, in London Road, has successfully applied to North Kesteven District Council to create two flats within the building’s roof void. The planning sub-committee gave its backing to the scheme in line with officer recommendations at its latest meeting.

The aim of the application is to create an out-of-hours service at the surgery, with staff being able to stay overnight on site when needed.

The surgery says receiving the go-ahead for the scheme has secured the future of the surgery and safeguarded jobs.

Matthew Fry, who founded the surgery with wife Helen in 2003, said: “We are just delighted that the planning committee could see the benefits of the application.”

Helen said: “We are very relieved.”

The application was opposed by Silk Willoughby Parish Council. It requested steps be taken to ensure the flats, if approved, only be used by staff and for them not become a permanent residence.

The flats were approved with the condition that they only be used by employees for up to 30 days, with no return for the next seven days, except under agreed ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Mr Fry said the plan has always been for the flats to be used by staff and for them not to be a permanent residence.