Luxury home can be built
A new luxury home, with swimming pool, boat storage and a gym complex, can be built in Long Sutton.
Councillors agreed that the five-bedroom property, which will be an environmentally-friendly zero-carbon dwelling, will be of 'very high quality design' utilising innovative design potential' using 'modern techniques and technologies'.
The property will be built at Pear Tree Farm, on St James Road. The site is currently occupied by a collection of farm buildings and a large area of concrete hardstanding, as the area was previously used as a transport yard.
Councillors had to decide if the proposed property was an 'exemplar' development, which would justify its construction on a rural, countryside site.
Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework states new homes should not be allowed in the countryside, unless there are special circumstances, such as a dwelling being of exceptional quality or innovative in design terms.
Such a design, the Framework states, should be helping to raise the standards of design in rural areas and 'reflect the highest standard in architecture'.
Long Sutton councillor Jack Tyrrell said he was "happy to see something built on that site", while Coun Michael Seymour added "I quite like the idea of something different on a Section 55 basis. You could not put it in a town or village."
However, Coun Andrew Tennant urged caution, warning that a decision to approve the application may be misinterpreted by residents: "We have to be aware that residents may say 'they passed that £1m project, but they wouldn't pass my three-bed semi!'.
And Couns Christine Lawton and Laura Eldridge were not taken byillustrations of the proposed property, saying it looked like 'a model prison' and 'a village hall' respectively.
But Coun Bryan Alcock commended the project, saying: "It is pushing boundaries. Somebody has the confidence to do this and anything under paragraph 55 is subjective.
"It is extraordinarily brave to build this in this location - I am pleased they want to do this."