Some fantastic news just in from Grantham in Lincolnshire.
An application to build a community centre with car parking, landscaping and fencing has been refused by Planning Officers. As you can probably guess , it was more mosque than community centre and thankfully the council were not fooled. The Grantham Muslim Community Association wanted to build the centre on Mowbeck Way near the waste and recycling centre.
In March this year Mark Williets, head of development and growth at SKDC said ” It’s quite clear the application was made describing the building as a community centre ,but a recent travel plan received last month is talking about a place of worship and these are very different things in planning terms.
It was yet another application on commercial/industrial land , with the obvious health and safety problems .Planning officers said the details submitted in the plan were inadequate especially with regard to public and pedestrian safety and car parking facilities :-
A council spokesman added ” A community use in such close proximity to established commercial uses is likely to result in conflict between future occupiers of the community centre and exisiting commercial operations.”
There are clear instructions to local authorities in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)… “Planning policies should avoid the long term protection of sites allocated for employment use where there is no reasonable prospect of a site being used for that purpose”. Clearly in this case there is every prospect that this land is viable for commercial use , since it lies in a busy industrial estate.
Local residents opposed the plan because it was close to homes and said access to the site was inadequate. Councilor Jean Taylor, who represents St John’s ward, said: “I am sure that all of the residents who live around the area will be extremely delighted. It has been 10 months of lobbying on behalf of the residents and they have been concerned about parking problems and more traffic on the streets.We are extremely pleased this has come to a satisfactory conclusion for the residents.”
Good job Grantham !