Change to eco benefits of new homes at former Butterfly Park given go-ahead.

Former director of Long Sutton Butterfly and Wildlife, Peter Smeaton with architect Dr Jerry Harrall.
Former director of Long Sutton Butterfly and Wildlife, Peter Smeaton with architect Dr Jerry Harrall.
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An attempt to change the conditions laid down for building almost 90 new eco-homes at a former wildlife park in Long Sutton have been given the go-ahead.

Plans for 87 homes to be built at the town’s former Butterfly and Wildlife Park approved by South Holland District Council in January can now continue without them keeping to strict design and construction guidelines put forward by the Government.

The changes were agreed at a planning meeting on Wednesday by 12 votes to three, despite opposition from Long Sutton Parish Council which argued that a new planning application was needed.

In a statement, a parish council spokesman said: “The original application was only approved because of the “Eco” benefits and technology and at the meeting (in January), the planning officers stated that the “Eco” components of the plan were the only reasons they were approving it.

“If the developer now wishes to reduce the “Eco” specifications then a totally new application should be submitted.

“The specifications should not be reduced by a series of amendments to the original plan to stealthily make it more profitable or viable to potential buyers of the land.”

But Peter Smeaton, former director of the Butterfly and Wildlife Park, said: “We’ve spent six months in getting this amendment together and there’s a clear acceptance that this is not an attempt to water down the scheme in any way.

“It’s about deliverability and building controls.”

Coun Andrew Tennant, who proposed for the amendment to be approved, said: “The plan in front of us still gives us the opportunity to have a unique and attractive development in Long Sutton which still stands with its alterations.”