Close Vote As Planning Granted For Decking

Jackson's Hill

Jackson’s Hill

The owners of 14 Jackson’s Hill have had permission for their decking approved. But only just.

Last time the application came before Scilly Council planners it was turned down on grounds of appearance.

Some neighbours had written outlining their opposition to the wooden surface, which had been put up without Council consent.

This time, no nearby residents objected to the revised plan, which centres on moving the front edge of the decking back by 1.3m from the road and staining it a colour to match the rest of the existing woodwork.

That still didn’t convince Cllr Avril Mumford, who said that the work wouldn’t change its appearance.

Gordon Bilsborough voiced concern that if the proposal were turned down, removing the decking would result in something less attractive.

The applicant indicated that the decking avoids the very steep access to the entrance steps. If refused, the whole area would need to be fenced off to avoid the area being used for parking and turning by vehicles, which would have a more detrimental impact.

Gordon said “it was not an object of beauty” but he could find no planning reason to turn down the plans.

The vote was close. 4 voted in favour with 3 against, but the 6 abstentions caused Chairman Gaz O’Neill to comment that the high number was a first for him.