Applications to convert a grade II listed former Roman Catholic Church on Corby Glen High Street into a dwelling were approved by South Kesteven District Council on Tuesday.
Permission for change of use as well as listed building consent to make alterations to the vehicle access and boundary wall, went before the development control committee due to the applicant being a member, Councillor Nick Robins. Accordingly he did not take part in the debate or the decision.
During the meeting several committee members questioned how if approved by themselves the plans would still be subject to final approval from the Lincolnshire Highway Department, who called for speed readings to be carried out by the applicant in accordance with ‘Manual for Streets’ planning guidance.
Coun Michael King read from the guidance stating that it was intended for roads with a far greater volume of traffic. He concluded: “It’s unreasonable to put the applicant through that requirement - it’s a waste of time and they’ve got to go to the expense of hiring a consultant.”
It followed applications for apartments on the corner of Manthorpe Road and Lodge Way earlier in the same meeting, when councillors expressed surprise that no objection had been raised by Highways in relation to a main Grantham thoroughfare. They highlighted the disparity on then being told of the objection to these plans.
Coun Adam Stokes added: “This is the most ridiculous, ridiculous objection or idea that I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s not the M25 - it is a country road.”
A resident opposite the church, Ian Williams, spoke in favour of the plans. “It is a positive use of the church and its surroundings,” he said. “We do not want to see the building unoccupied and deteriorating, and the ground getting more and more overgrown.”
The development control committee voted to approve both applications.