Controversial bid for Heydour training centre to be discussed


A controversial application to use a Grade II listed home in Heydour as a residential fitness and training centre goes before South Kesteven District Council today (December 16).

The bid from Team Bootcamp for the three-storey Heydour House, in Church Lees, faces the council’s Development Control Committee at 1pm.

The retrospective application is to change the use of a former dwelling to a mixed use - a combination of residential and residential training centre.

Team Bootcamp uses the site to provide health and fitness training in week-long courses for a maximum of 20 people.

The application has attracted opposition from Heydour Parish Council as 27 letters objections, with noise and traffic being among the concerns.

The council’s officers have, however, recommended the scheme be approved.

In the report that is to go before members, they state: “The change of use is considered appropriate in the context of this rural location representing an appropriate use of the building and grounds without substantial alterations.

“The development comprised within existing buildings and grounds does not have a detrimental impact on Heydour House or the setting of neighbouring statutorily designated heritage assets.

“There is considered to be sufficient levels of separation from neighbouring properties with outside activities occurring during sociable hours.

“The vehicular movements to and from the site are not likely to be materially different to the property in use as a dwelling.”

In response to ‘potential impacts on residential amenity, the historic environment and highway safety’, they add: “it is considered that the proposal has successfully mitigated against these negative impacts and will, on balance, have a positive impact on the area, will preserve the historic character and setting of heritage assets and bring economic benefits to the locality.”