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St Catherine's House will stand a little while longer following Tuesday's decision.
St Catherine's House will stand a little while longer following Tuesday's decision.
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PLANS for two new developments in Grantham were rejected this week with a third blocked by a deferral.

A proposed new KFC would have replaced the derelict Isaac Newton pub in Harlaxton Road. Council planners approved the demolition of the pub last month.

The soon to be demolished Shirley Croft Hotel.

The soon to be demolished Shirley Croft Hotel.

However, South Kesteven District Council planners refused to accept the proposed new restaurant because of the appearance of the building, possible anti-social behaviour problems, littering and concerns over the access road.

Coun Adam Stokes said: “I complained as soon as I saw the plans as it looks like Domino’s or Sally’s in London Road.”

Planning officers received 16 letters objecting to the proposals, with one complaining that “Grantham’s population is already obese”.

Councillors voted by nine votes to three to reject the proposal.

Furious councillors also turned down plans for eight homes to be built on the site of the soon to be demolished Shirley Croft Hotel.

Councillors were not pleased that recommendations to developers made at the previous meeting, requesting half of the buildings be made single storey, were seemingly ignored.

Coun Adam Stokes said: “I’m not going to accept this and if the developer is not happy, he knows where he can go.”

The proposal was rejected unanimously by councillors citing an adverse impact on neighbours, including loss of privacy. The developers told planning officers prior to the meeting that they will not be making any more amendments.

A building of “outstanding local interest” was also given a short stay of execution after a deferral.

Developers McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles plan to demolish St Catherine’s House in St Catherine’s Road and replace it with a 44-apartment retirement complex.

Coun Charmaine Morgan spoke out against the proposal, arguing that Grantham has already lost too many of its historic buildings.

Coun Morgan said: “It is time we started protecting the Victorian heritage assets we have here in Grantham.”

Councillors voted by 11 votes to three to defer the application, asking the developers to look again at the size of the complex, the entrance to the building off Dudley Road and to investigate whether the existing building could be incorporated into the design. For more on these planning stories log on to www.granthamjournal.co.uk