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Green light for Lincolnshire Showground eco homes

Permission to build 18 eco-friendly homes on Lincolnshire Showground land has been approved by West Lindsey District Council.

As previously reported the development by Gusto Group, called The Edge, will see the homes constructed to the highest standard of sustainability, which won’t need a central heating system to keep warm.

They will be built to a style similar to the Epic Centre, and contain 2-4 bedrooms plus south-facing glazed sunspaces, with triple glazed windows.

The properties will generate their own electricity and heat hot water through solar panels, plus collect and reuse rainwater.

The developers estimate the new homes would cost £1 per day to run.

Perspective view of the eco homes at Lincolnshire Showground. Image: SGA Architects
Perspective view of the eco homes at Lincolnshire Showground. Image: SGA Architects

The homes will be built in a secluded area of the Showground off Tillbridge Lane, so will be away from the Showground events.

They will also be hidden from view by an existing tree belt on site.

Gusto Homes, based in Newark, will begin work on the site in March, with the first of the homes being complete by the summer.

A landscape map of the site. Image: SGA Architects
A landscape map of the site. Image: SGA Architects

Steff Wright, CEO of Gusto Homes, said: “This planning consent will ensure that our development will not only result in producing some of the most energy-efficient homes in the UK – we estimate that energy costs will be around just £1 a day – buyers will also be part of a self-managed community, with joint ownership of five acres of woodland, a large pond and open space.

“We are thrilled to get the go ahead on such a ground-breaking project and can’t wait to get started on the build.”

John Lockwood, Chairman of the Agricultural Society added: “The development of Gusto’s inspired eco housing is another step in the journey which began with the building of the EPIC Centre.

“Sustainability sits very well in an agricultural context, and understanding the best long-term use of resources is an important part of the Society’s mission.”