Plans to extend and refurbish Long Sutton’s Bull Hotel and build 39 homes nearby are expected to be approved by South Holland’s planning committee tonight (Wednesday).
Korvin Developments application for the grade II listed hotel and the new homes is recommended for approval by district council planning officers despite an objection from English Heritage.
The conservation organisation protects England’s historic environment and describes The Bull “as a building of national importance and special architectural and historic interest”.
It supports the former 18th century coaching inn being brought back into use, but says a proposed conservatory is too big and homes planned for the rear of the hotel will harm the significance, character and appearance of the conservation area.
Council officers say consents have been given for previous similar schemes and there is an urgent need to restore the listed building.
Approval is likely to be subject to a legal agreement to ensure the new homes generate the money needed to renovate The Bull.
Parish councillor Jack Tyrrell told the Spalding Guardian the hotel has been derelict for too long and it should be brought back into use.
• Fifty new homes could be built on a greenfield site on land off Peterborough Road, Crowland. South Holland’s planning committee is expected to approve plans from Ashley King (Developments) Ltd tonight following a recommendation from officers. The development features two-bedroom apartments over garages, and a mix of two-storey homes including one, two and three bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached properties.