Boston councillor Raymond Singelton-McGuire loses appeal to host wedding ceremonies
A JOINT deputy leader of Boston Borough Council has had an appeal to use his house and garden for wedding ceremonies refused.
Councillor Raymond Singelton-McGuire appealed against BBC planning committee's decision to refuse his plan, which would have included setting up a marquee in the grounds of the property in Boston's Spilsby Road.
The three main issues in the appeal were impact of traffic, the effect on living conditions in neighbouring residential property and the impact of character of the area.
Mr Singleton-McGuire said: "I am of course disappointed at the Planning Inspectorate's decision which went against the advice of the planning department at Boston Borough Council.
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"While I appreciate local residents' concerns, the boutique civil wedding activities would have been kept to an absolute minimum with no more than six events per year. Being held in my private residence, stringent regulations, numbers and behaviour would have been a major consideration before accepting bookings.
"Nevertheless, there appeared to be an adverse opinion and objection to a private civil wedding venue locally in respect of commercialism within a residential area on Spilsby Road.
"However, we already have a public house, bed and breakfast, flats and a number of other businesses which are run from private homes on Spilsby Road.
"The planning inspectorate also spoke of increased traffic, whereas this would be negligible by comparison to the three school runs per day, and the pinch point immediately outside the Holy Trinity Church which incidentally has the same number of off-street parking as myself yet accommodates a far greater number of people for weddings and Church attendances, which goes against exactly what the Planning Inspectorate was concerned about."