Developers head back to the drawing board after Manthorpe Lodge appeal

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DEVELOPERS have failed in their bid to overturn a decision to reject plans for flats on the old Manthorpe Lodge site.

Planning inspector Mark Dakeyne opted to dismiss the appeal by David Defusto which was launched when South Kesteven District Council rejected plans for a block of 22 apartments to be built on the site of 85 Manthorpe Road.

The decision was welcomed by Coun Ray Wootten who represents St Wulfram’s ward.

He said: “For the second time the planning inspector has come to a common sense decision to dismiss this appeal on the grounds of an unsuitable development for a prominent site on the edge of a conservation area.

“It has been a long journey over four years with two applications and two appeals defeated. However we all look forward to a further application which is more in keeping with the character and appearance of the area.”

In his summing up, Mr Dakeyne said: “The proposal would unacceptably affect the character and appearance of the area and detract from the setting of the Grantham conservation area.”

Mr Defusto also applied for South Kesteven District Council to be liable for the costs of the appeal but Mr Dakeyne refused this application.