Stable has planners divided

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

District planners were divided over an application to erect a stable in Deepdale Drive, Leasingham.

The stable is to be sited in a paddock on the Eastern edge of the village, running alongside Deepdale Drive, Middleton Way and Meadow Lane.

Although there is an existing access to the paddock via Meadow Lane in the north western corner of the site, the application was also for a new access via Deepdale Drive.

Leasingham Parish Council objected to the application due to concerns about the use of a narrow residential estate road by large horse boxes, which the parish council felt would cause traffic problems.

Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department indicated a preference for the access to be maintained via Meadow Lane rather than introduce new stable traffic into Deepdale Drive. However, highways officers did not feel there were sufficient grounds to object to the application.

Concerns about the impact of the proposed stable on Deepdale Drive were raised by residents, as well as the parish council, but North Kesteven District Council planning officers felt that, as the number of horses that could be kept on the 1.8 acre site would be minimal, traffic movements associated with the paddock would be limited.

The application was approved by NKDC’s planning committee on March 31, but only narrowly, with 10 members voting to approve the application and eight voting against, with two abstentions.