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Minutes for the Planning Committee 20th February 2024

02-20-24 PLAN MINS





Councillor Mr. P. Starsmore (PS) (in the chair).


Present Councillors: Mrs. E. Ballard (Mrs. EB), M. Barnes (MB), J. Baskett (JB), J. Drake (JD), L. Frost (LF), D. Hobson (DH), G.E. Horton (GEH), M. Lamb (ML), Mrs. J. Makinson-Sanders (Mrs. JMS), K. Parsons (KP), J. Simmons (JS), Mrs. P.F. Watson (Mrs. PFW).


Councillors not present: L.M. Cooney (LMC), H. Filer (HF).


The Town Clerk Mrs. L.M. Phillips, the Town Clerk’s Assistant Miss S. Chitauro, Lincolnshire County Councillor Mr. A. Hall and one member of the public were also present.


Members of the public spoke in the public forum as follows:

  • One lady spoke in the public forum regarding the pylon proposal, from Grimsby to Walpole, sharing her concerns that the proposed pylons would cause destruction of countryside and affect ecosystems. She stated that the notifications of residents within the blue swathe had been variable and that not everyone had received documentation regarding the proposals.  She felt that, due to the discrepancies, a freedom of information request may need to be made to determine who had been notified.  She told Councillors that amendments had been made to the plans for the Eastern Green Link between East Lothian and County Durham, proposing undergrounding and offshoring, and expressed dismay that these methods had not been made available in Lincolnshire and urged Councillors to request a price breakdown for the work.  She went on to explain that it was made clear at a consultation that overcasting/pylons in people’s gardens, including her own, would be likely, despite the documentation omitting this information. She further explained that, at a consultation, a National Grid representative stated that pylons would be installed no closer than 50m to a property, but this was quashed at a consultation in Alford where attendees were told that they could be installed 25m from the brickwork of a property, with wires overhead.  She finished by reiterating her concerns about noise, visuals, the destruction to the environment and animals, and house prices.


  • Apologies for Absence
    Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. LMC and HF.


  • Declarations of Interest / Dispensations
    The following declarations of interest were made:

    1. Mrs. EB – Proposed Work to Trees Item C as a governor of King Edward VI School.
    2. DH – Planning Application 7 as Director of another academy in the town and Items 5, 6, 7 and 8 as a member of East Lindsey District Council (ELDC).
    3. GEH – Items 5, 6, 7 and 8 as a member of ELDC.
    4. Mrs. JMS – Item 4 as a representative of ELDC and Items 5, 6, 7 and 8 as a member of ELDC.
  • Minutes
    It was RESOLVED that the notes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 30th January 2024 be approved as the minutes.
  • LCC Consultation – Louth Town Centre – Your Thoughts
    The Committee received a draft corporate response formulated by the Planning Working Group and, after discussion, it was RESOLVED to submit the response with the following amendments:

    1. Section 1 Cornmarket. To keep the existing parking arrangements at the Cornmarket as 30 minutes waiting on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and disabled parking spaces.
    2. Section 4 Town Centre Parking – 13 Aswell Street and 14 Lee Street. To answer ‘no’ to the question ‘Would you like to see the parking bays at Aswell Street and Lee Street changed to 30 minutes waiting only to match the existing arrangements across the town centre?’.

Cllr. Parsons also gave details of the Louth Action Group, a voluntary group working to support the town, and told the Committee that the group were looking for volunteers for their Louth Town Centre Spring Clean to be held on Sunday 28th April, meeting at The Gatherums at 10am with the aim of litter picking, weeding, and cleaning street furniture.    



  • Applications received by the Local Planning Authority
    The Committee considered all planning applications received, including those listed in the schedule (PA/Schedule 02-20-24) and RESOLVED as follows:

    1. N/105/00014/24 – To object on the grounds that these works were undertaken without permission and replaced wooden frames for UPVC in the Conservation Area. The new window frames are also wider than previously and have visible trickle vents.
      NB: Cllrs. Mrs. JMS and Mrs. PFW abstained from voting on this application.
    2. To support all other applications.
  • Planning Correspondence
    The Committee noted the following planning correspondence:

    1. ELDC Planning Decisions
      1. ELDC Approved – N/105/01826/23 – Planning Permission – Holly Cottage, LN11 0ES – LTC Supported 10/10/23.
      2. ELDC Approved – N/105/02177/23 – Planning Permission – 19 Mercer Row, LN11 9JG – LTC Supported 12/12/23.
  • ELDC Approved – N/105/02393/23 – Planning Permission – Norpol Packaging Ltd, LN11 0YZ – LTC Supported 09/01/24.
  1. ELDC Approved – N/105/02357/23 – Planning Permission – 1 Alder Close, LN11 8XB – LTC Supported 12/12/23.
  2. ELDC Approved – N/105/02399/23 – Planning Permission – 10 Somersby Court, LN11 9NN – LTC Supported 09/01/24.
  3. ELDC Approved – N/105/02339/23 – Planning Permission – 1 Shearwater Close, LN11 0SW – LTC Supported 09/01/24.
  • ELDC Refused – N/105/02350/23 – Planning Permission – Land Adjacent to Raithby Water Treatment Works – LTC Objected 12/12/23.
  1. Temporary Traffic Restrictions

REASON FOR RESTRICTION: Emergency – Water supply leak.

NATURE AND LOCATION OF RESTRICTION: Emergency Road Closure Order – Commercial Road.

PERIOD OF RESTRICTION: 31/01/2024 – 06/02/2024 (Restrictions to be implemented for 5 days as and when required during this period.  Signage will be displayed on site in advance).

  1. Enforcement
    1. 15 Lee Street, LN11 9HJ – A recent site inspection confirmed that the unauthorised windows to the front elevation have been removed and replaced to the specification of those windows approved by Planning Permission N/105/226/23. As such, the Enforcement Notice dated 04/02/21 is deemed to be compiled with and no further action will be taken by the Planning Department.
  • Proposed Works to Trees
    The Committee RESOLVED to support the following proposed works to trees:

    1. Location: Mallards, Bridge Street. Proposal: T1 – Beech – Crown lift to 3m.  Reduce in height from 13m to 10m and width from 11m to 8m.  T2 – Conifer – Crown lift to 3.5m.  Reduce in height from 18m to 12m.  T3 – Cherry – Remove due to rot and potential at fork.  T4 – Purple Plum – Prune out to 2no. western branches to lift canopy.  T5 – Holly – Remove due to proximity to river and maintenance difficulties.
    2. Location: 24 St. Mary’s Park. Proposal: G5 – 3 Common Lime, 2 Sycamore, 1 Red Oak and 1 Common Ash – Red Oak – reduce major eastern limb over no. 22 by approx. 3.5m to a secondary growth point.  Reason: To allow more light into neighbour’s garden.
    3. Location: King Edward VI School, Edward Street. Proposal: T5 – Hawthorne – Remove.  T17 Western Red Cedar – Remove and replace.  Reasons: T5 – Leaning across highway.  T17 – fungus in main limb juncture.




  • Street Naming
    After consideration, the Committee RESOLVED to endorse the use of the following names for 4no. new roads on the development at Land West Off Grimsby Road: ‘Wildflower Lane’, ‘Dahlia Drive’, ‘Lily Lane’, ‘Rose Lane’, ‘Clover Lane’ and ‘Blossom Drive’.

  • Proposed Waiting Restrictions
    The Committee received a proposal from Lincolnshire County Council to implement a ‘No Waiting at Any Time Order’ on Eastgate, in the vicinity of properties no. 2, 3 and 203. It noted objections from local residents.  After consideration it was RESOLVED to support the proposed restrictions.

  • National Grid Electricity Transmission – Grimsby to Walpole
    The Committee received a draft corporate response to the above, formulated by the Planning Working Group. It discussed amendments and it was RESOLVED to delay the ratification of comments until the next Town Council Meeting on 27th February 2024, to allow for attendance at a public consultation regarding the National Grid’s proposals to be held at London Road on 22nd February 2024.

  • Next Meeting
    It was noted that the date of the next scheduled Planning Committee meeting was 19th March 2024.



The Meeting Closed at 8.22pm.






Signed_______________________ (Chairman)                Dated_________________________