Business under threat after planning refusal

BUSINESSWOMAN Florence Bliss says her fishing lakes business - nearly wrecked two years ago by vandals - is once again under threat after a “baffling” decision by planners.

The decision to refuse permission for a mobile home at the Kingfisher Lakes in Wisbech St Mary has left her confused and upset.

Her agent, John Hobden of John Hobden Home Design said: “I’m quite shocked it’s been turned down and I find it hard to understand.

“The bungalow is at the same level as the mobile home and there isn’t a flood risk attached to that property.”

Amazingly the mobile home has been used for SEVEN years without complaint and Mrs Bliss believes it is vital that a worker can use the mobile home for safety and security reasons. Two years ago thousands of pounds worth of fish were destroyed after a suspected poison attack by intruders.

“I may have to close in six to eight weeks if it’s not sorted,” said Mrs Bliss who is deciding whether to appeal or not.

“I may have to return to teaching as I just need extra staff on the site.”

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The property is up for sale and has planning permission for 10 purpose-built chalets for the disabled to be built on the site. A second lake has also been approved hence the need for further supervision.

Mr Hobden, who believes an appeal would be successful, said: “It’s such a big site and you need as many people as you can to keep an eye on it. As the lake is disabled-friendly it’s also vital to have supervision.

“The council have not looked at the full circumstances or considered the consequences of their action. It’s a resource that they should encourage because it’s unique. It’s disabled-friendly and attracts tourists to the area.

“Having jumped through every hoop that the council have placed in front of us and having done it all to the book we find it very hard to believe they’ve turned it down.”

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