COUNCILLORS ignored the concerns of planning officers and agreed to plans for a bungalow at the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James.
The charity, run by Pam Mansfield, applied for permission to build a new bungalow on the site to allow Pam’s son Darren Mansfield to live at the refuge in Station Road and care for the animals.
Mr Mansfield said: “I want to live there for the rest of my life with my family and carry on what my mum and dad started for the rest of my life.”
Councillors voted unanimously to approve the planning application, despite officers recommending its refusal.
Coun Judy Stevens (Ind) said: “Never before has there been an application brought before me that is so deserving to justify building in the countryside.”
Mr Mansfield said the new bungalow would allow him to be able to look after the animals every night and would increase security at the refuge because it would help to block a gate.