Councillors refuse retrospective planning permission for Great Urswick animal shelter (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Councillors refuse retrospective planning permission for Great Urswick animal shelter
Updated 4:07pm Monday 3rd March 2014 in News
AN animal shelter built ‘bang smack in the middle of a really nice view’ has been refused retrospective planning permission. Members of South Lakeland District Council’s Planning Committee turned down the application for the £10,000 goat shelter and bird hide at Great Urswick, near Ulverston. The meeting was told owners Peter and Jeanette Kapustynskyj had built it five metres from where planning permission was originally approved last year - with several residents saying it now blocks views of Urswick Tarn. “I’m very happy to support refusal,” Coun Sylvia Emmott told the meeting. “I have to say I’m surprised it got planning permission in the first place. “I would not have passed this in this most beautiful part of this valley.” And Coun Mary Wilson said: “I’m in complete support of refusal. It’s right bang smack in the middle of what would be a really nice view.” The meeting heard that Mr and Mrs Kapustynskyj, of Church Road, were granted permission for the structure in 2013. But when construction work started the contractor found the remains of an old building under one of the walls - and the work was instead carried out five metres further away. “This is the first building project carried out by Mr and Mrs Kapustynskyj and unfortunately they did not know the full implications of moving the building,” said a spokesman for the couple. “They were understandably devastated.” The meeting also heard that local councillor, James Airey, raised no objections to the new location. And Coun David Ryder told his colleagues: “I think it would be unfortunate and disrespectful to those well-intentioned residents if we don’t let this remain where it is.” However the committee voted to refuse the application for the shelter to remain where it is. Planners are now prepared to work with Mr and Mrs Kapustynskyj to find ‘the best course of action’.
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