Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Tuesday, 12th September, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room Municipal Buldings Boston.

Contact: Karen Rist, Democratic Services Officer  Phone: 01205 314226 E-mail:


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To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes (if any).


Apologies for absence were tabled by Councillor Arayambath, Councillor David Brown with Councillor Stuart Evans substituting and by Councillor Alison Austin with Councillor Richard Austin substituting.



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To sign and confirm the minutes of the last meeting.


With the agreement of the committee the Chairman signed the minutes of the previous committee meeting held on 18 July 2023.



To receive declarations of interests in respect of any item on the agenda.


Standing declarations of interest are tabled for Members of the Planning Committee who are also a:


Member of Lincolnshire County Council:

Councillor Alison Austin


Members of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee:

Councillors:  Peter Bedford and David Middleton.


Representatives of the Drainage Boards:

Councillors Peter Bedford, David Middleton, Chris Mountain, Claire Rylott, David Scoot, and Suzanne Welberry


Councillor David Middleton declared that he lived half a mile away from the site that was subject of planning application B 23 0180 but this would not preclude him from determining the application.




To answer any written questions received from members of the public no later than 5 p.m. two clear working days prior to the meeting – for this meeting the deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday 7th September 2023


No public questions tabled.



A report by the Planning Officer

Additional documents:


The Planning Officer presented the report confirming that the application had been called in by the Ward member Councillor Cresswell on the grounds of negative impacts upon the character and appearance of the area.

The application site comprised of 1no. two-storey detached residential dwelling house, located on the western side of Burton Close, Boston within a spacious plot. It was directly adjacent to 2no. residential dwellings - 1no. to the south and 1no. to the north. It was also within very close proximity to one other property to the north-west. The rear of the plot was adjacent to the grounds of Boston High School.  The submission was a full planning application for the proposed remodelling of the existing dwelling to include a re-design and extensions (to accommodate an ancillary annexe) and alterations to the internal layout.  There was one previous application on the site, B/06/0584 – Front porch extension, 2 single storey side extensions, single storey rear sun lounge, detached double garage and games room: approved Oct 2006.


Representation was received from Patricia Fenton-Fowler in objection to the application which included:


Ms Fenton-Fowler stated that she was speaking on behalf of 16 neighbours within Burton Close who had concerns about the proposal. She advised that the main concerns of the residents were that the applicant’s proposal had not been communicated to them well in the early stages and that the proposal appeared to be more of a re-build of the property rather than a re-model. Concerns were also raised in respect of the height and width of the proposal. It was suggested that the Pilgrim Hospital was not the right comparison to have made, it should have been with that of other properties in the Close. It was also noted that the proposal would lead to the only three storey house in the area as most of the properties on Burton Close were bungalows, with five houses. She advised of concerns around the condition of the current road before any construction had started to take place and therefore wished to know whether the road would be repaired once construction had finished and who would pay for those repairs. Ms Fenton-Fowler stated that she had no objections to renovations taking place but felt they should be sympathetic to the structure and décor of the surrounding properties. There was also a concern around the green area in the centre of Burton Close which was privately owned, residents did not wish for this area to be used or damaged. She requested that a timescale be provided for the completion of construction work should the proposal be passed by the Committee as many of the residents of Burton Close were retired and would be impacted by the works. Ms Fenton-Fowler stated that the residents were a welcoming community and just wished for their view to be heard and listened to.


Answering questions tabled in respect of their representation Patricia Fenton-Fowler advised:

Ms Fenton-Fowler felt that the applicant should have approached all other residents within  ...  view the full minutes text for item 171.