PRAISE has been lavished on building work which, in the eyes of English Heritage, caused “unjustified and demonstrable substantial harm” to a Grade II* listed building.
Mr Sowerby, owner of Caythorpe Hall in Caythorpe, carried out work to the listed building, including adding a kitchen conservatory extension and a coach house conservatory extension, without planning permission.
Apologising to the committee for going ahead without planning permission, Mr Sowerby said: “I’m the first to admit that my enthusiasm got the better of me.”
However, councillors queued up to heap praise on the “high quality work” carried out at the hall.
Coun Helen Powell said: “The property has been restored to its former glory...maybe more.
“There is no doubt in my mind that it has been emphatically enhanced in every way.”
Planning officers argued that planning permission should be refused, saying there is “insufficient justification for the work that has been carried out”.
The committee voted to defer the planning application. The councillors were, in Coun Reg Howard’s words, “strongly minded to accept the proposal” but were told they could not due to the objections of English Heritage.
Instead the proposal will now be sent off to the Secretary of State to make a decision.