Lincolnshire County Council close to handing £750,000 to Long Sutton eco project

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LINCOLNSHIRE County Council came a step closer on Tuesday to spending £750,000 to complete the UK’s biggest earth sheltered business development at Long Sutton.

The £1.62 million project to build five offices, a cafe, a classroom and a four-bedroom house was started by Long Sutton’s SEArch Architects.

The county council’s economic scrutiny committee this week recommended approval of the authority’s planned investment for a 46 per cent stake in the development.

The final decision rests with county council executive directors for economic development and corporate development, Couns Eddy Poll and Barry Singleton, and that is expected to be made on Monday.

Coun Poll is already openly supporting the plan.

He said: “Capital funding has been earmarked for development projects such as this for some time, and I’m very happy the committee has endorsed this decision.

“The industrial units in Long Sutton will provide long-term opportunities for employment and will generate income, which the county council will receive a share of.

“It is also an innovative scheme, being low carbon, utilising local resources, and when it is complete, the project will show how environmentally sustainable developments can also make business sense.”

SEArch boss Dr Jerry Harrall said the project in Gedney Road could be completed in around nine months if the county council presses ahead with the investment.

He said he was very excited about the prospect of having the county council as a partner and he is sure the project, which is one of national standing, will bring new business to the area.

The eco development, sited off Gedney Road, is called CaNeBuZo (Carbon Neutral Business Zone).