Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Nocton Hall/RAF Hospital - screening request

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Nocton Hall and RAF Nocton Hall hospital site - image dated 03 Dec 2016 [copyright Geoff Hall]

I refer to my blog dated 07 Dec 2017 regarding the recent application for a screening request to North Kesteven District Council.

I decided to write to various parties about this request and you can see copies of my email correspondence in the enclosed file. I am still awaiting replies from Carter Jonas and North Kesteven District Council.

North Kesteven District Council

I have since checked the forthcoming business of North Kesteven District Council and noticed a planning meeting being held this Thursday, 14th Dec 2017 at 4.00pm.

Examining the Agenda, I noticed an entry heading at Item 5:
  • 'Draft Brownfield Land Register - Part 1'

This refers to a 'Site Assessment Evidence Report' dated December 2017 which is being presented to the Committee, presumably for adoption.

I have read the report and can advise that it contains some good news for Nocton, because both the:
  1. Land off Main Street, Nocton (Site Ref: BLRCON/0014), and
  2. Former RAF Nocton Hospital and Nocton Hall, Nocton (Site Ref: BLRCON/0015)
are NOT RECOMMENDED for entry into the Brownfield Land Register - Part 1.

You can read North Kesteven District Council's considered opinion in the Draft Site Assessment Evidence Report - pages 37-41.

Why is this important?

This means there WILL NOT be a 'permission in principle' (PiP) applied to any future planning applications related to these sites.

For developers, a PiP will normally be beneficial as it will establish that the principle of residential development on a site is acceptable. It may even speed up the grant of planning consent slightly.

However the main benefit of the Brownfield Land Register is probably aimed at forcing local authorities to provide a list of brownfield sites, to make a land agent's job easier in identifying suitable development sites.

The Parish Council should therefore be congratulated for their submission on this matter.

If you want more information on the legal background to 'Brownfield Sites', please refer back to my blog dated 18 Sep 2017.

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