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Secretary of State to decide on new country house

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A decision on whether to allow a new country house near Grimsby by Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCB) has been referred to the Secretary of State.

The scheme for a large new home and equestrian facility was expected to be the first to be approved under the 'country house' clause in Planning Policy Statement (PPS)7.

However, the verdict on Wednesday night by north-east Lincolnshire councillors means that no new country homes have been given the official thumbs-up under paragraph 11 of PPS7 since the clause was saved in August 2004 (AJ12.08.04).

If the development wins Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's backing, FCB hopes to build a substantial Frank Lloyd Wright-esque home on the site of a derelict farmhouse south of Ashby-cum-Fenby.

There are also plans to create an artificial lake, a 13m-tall folly with a view terrace and stable space for 18 horses.

by Richard Waite

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