Bungalows plan goes ahead despite flood risk concerns

South Holland District Council offices, Spalding.
South Holland District Council offices, Spalding.
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A couple looking to retire in Sutton Bridge can do so after winning consent to build two bungalows in the village.

Steve Betts (60) of Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, wanted to build two four-bedroom chalet bungalows in Railway Lane South, off the A17, for himself, his wife and daughter.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee backed the plans 13 votes to one at a meeting on Wednesday despite objections from several residents, The Environment Agency and Sutton Bridge Parish Council over flood risk.

Mr Betts said: “I’m over the moon because the plots were waiting to be developed and now hopefully my wife and I, along with our daughter, will have a nice place to live.

“It’s a retirement project and so it’s just a shame that a couple of residents didn’t want the bungalows to be built because they thought the properties would look ugly.”

Coun Chris Brewis, who voted against the plans, said: “There are real and serious issues with this application, the primary one being fllod risk.

I’m over the moon and now hopefully my wife and I, along with our daughter, will have a nice place to live.

Steve Betts of Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire

“This is the lowest point in Sutton Bridge parish and I wouldn’t want to see this particular site built on.”

However, the rest of the committee went along with the planning officer’s recommendation that the bingalows would have a “substantially reduced risk of flooding”.