Long Sutton to get a new eco development

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PROPOSALS for an eco development of 49 homes, an office and commercial units in Long Sutton have been given the green light by South Holland’s councillors.

The planning application from SEArch Architects was approved at its second time before members of the development control committee on Wednesday.

The plans for Bridge Road also include six vertical axis wind turbines, allotment plots, open space and landscaping.

The scheme was deferred in July to allow for further talks between the developer and planning officers.

Since then, architect Dr Jerry Harrall and a planning consultant have looked at 43 potential alternative sites and addressed councillor concerns about the relationship between the residential and commercial units.

“Hopefully Long Sutton will be known as the green capital of the Fens,” said Coun Dennis Tennant, praising the scheme. “I very much like the idea.”

He said it would help to address the shortage of affordable housing in the town.

“My only regret is that I do not live in one of them,” he added.

Coun Malcolm Chandler said he thought the plans were a “very exciting step forward” for the district.

However, Coun Francis Biggadike questioned whether the scheme had adequate flood protection based on comments from South Holland Internal Drainage Board.

He warned there could be homes with water problems in the future and residents would be “knocking on someone’s door for help”.

But committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said it was crucial to ask planning officers to ensure it was made clear when someone buys a property they know they are liable for water management.

Councillors agreed to delegate discussions on planning conditions, unless there was a reason to bring it back to committee.

This includes a condition that no uPVC windows, doors, soffits or fascias be used in the development, which the applicant had asked councillors to consider removing.

l County councillors will decide today whether to plough £750,000 into the UK’s biggest earth-sheltered business development at Long Sutton.

The £1.62million development was started by SEArch Architects but the county’s cash would see construction finished amd the office units ready to be rented out.

The CaNeBuZo (Carbon Neutral Business Zone) project off Gedney Road includes five eco-offices, a cafe, classroom and four-bedroom house.