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Decision on plans for earth-sheltered home in Colsterworth deferred at South Kesteven District Council meeting




A decision on whether to approve plans for an earth-sheltered home has been deferred.

A planning application was submitted to build a two-storey earth sheltered home and three commercial buildings on the land west of Bridge End in Colsterworth.

The proposal was set to be put in front of South Kesteven District councillors at Wednesday’s (February 17) virtual planning committee meeting. However, the application will instead be considered at a later date.

An artists impression of the earth-sheltered house.By John Dickie Associates
An artists impression of the earth-sheltered house.By John Dickie Associates

Planning officers have recommended councillors refuse the application.

The planning officers’ main reasons for recommending it for refusal are that "it has not been demonstrated that the design of the isolated dwelling is of exceptional quality, truly outstanding or innovative nor that it would significantly enhance its immediate setting and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the area" and that being on land adjacent to a nature reserve may result in "loss, deterioration or fragmentation of irreplaceable habitats."



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