Note: Councillor Paul Howitt-Cowan re-joined the meeting before the start of this item..
Members considered an application for an outbuilding to be used as a beauty salon at 23 Greetwell Lane, Nettleham, Lincoln LN2 2PN.
There was no officer update on this item.
The first public speaker on this item was Ms Hindle, the owner of 23 Greetwell Lane. She raised the following points:
· Alterations had been made to the design of the salon following comments made on the planning portal;
· The cabin would no longer be visible from the conservation area in Nettleham;
· Due to her husband’s shift pattern, the applicant could not work in any other salons. She wanted to work, and would only treat one customer at a time. There was ample parking available on the driveway; currently the family only had one car;
· The cabin was designed to look like a summer house;
· Lincolnshire County Council as the Highways authority and the lead local flood authority had concluded that local development was acceptable. Access to the salon would be via the footpath between 23 and 25 Greetwell Lane;
· All treatments offered were relaxing, so there would be no noise. The salon would add another service to the village;
· Since the application had been submitted the applicant had worked positively with the Planning department.
The second and final speaker was Cllr Angela White, Ward Member for Nettleham. She raised the following points:
· Cllr White supported the objection from Nettleham Parish Council; the proposed building was inappropriate on this site;
· The salon building would protrude over side fences, impacting the view;
· The UPVC cladding was unsuitable, which had been stated in the parish council’s objections, and outlined in Nettleham NP section d6a;
· Cllr White would disagree that UPVC cladding was used in neighbouring properties. Owing to the height of the structure, it would be contrary to Nettleham NP section d6c;
· The site had potential for increased noise, lighting and parking. There were already 3 beauty salons in Nettleham and other business rentals in the village.
Note: Following her contribution, Councillor White left the Chamber and did not return.
Officers responded by acknowledging the issues that Nettleham Parish Council had raised on the design of the salon, but reminded Members that had this been for domestic rather than commercial use and set slightly into the site, it would not have required planning permission. The salon would be in a domestic garden, and the building would not be out of keeping or character for the area.
Neighbours had raised concerns on the air conditioning units; officers believed this could be provided subject to a condition imposed on the applicant.
Members provided comment, and highlighted that Nettleham was characterised by substantial houses on large plots, and the risk of extra traffic. Praise was given to the objections, as in one Member’s view they had responded to the objections that had been made.
The development was seen as sustainable for Nettleham, as well as creating employment in the village.
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