Sculpture allowed despite crime fears

An acoustic artwork consisting of concrete, steel and timber sculptural forms on a cycle track in rural Lincolnshire has been allowed despite crime and disorder fears.

The inspector did not discount the possibility that the proposed garden and structures could serve as a focal point for gatherings of under-occupied people with mischief in mind. But he noted that concerns over these matters raised by the police architectural liaison officer were not accompanied by any evidence that the appeal site had a history of crime or antisocial behaviour.

It seemed to the inspector that the artwork was more likely to be appreciated in a quiet location such as the appeal site. He found it disappointing that a proposal encompassing elements of art, science, education, history and recreation should be opposed on the grounds that it might bring about antisocial behaviour and ruled that it deserved support without cogent reasons for opposition.

DCS Number 100-050-198

Inspector Jonathan King; Written representations.

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