The Bull to ring in a £1m facelift

PUBLISHED: 12:01 09 January 2007 | UPDATED: 19:54 01 June 2010

The Bull as it is now

The Bull as it is now

A DILAPIDATED Grade II listed Fenland hotel, parts of which date back to the 18th century, is set for a £1 million face-lift. Proposals are before South Holland Council for a major redevelopment of the Bull Hotel at Long Sutton, with 21 apartments being b

And how it could look

A DILAPIDATED Grade II listed Fenland hotel, parts of which date back to the 18th century, is set for a £1 million face-lift.

Proposals are before South Holland Council for a major redevelopment of the Bull Hotel at Long Sutton, with 21 apartments being built in the grounds.

"We plan to restore the Bull to its former glory," said Jan Von Draczek of Korvin Developments.

Planning officers are now immersed in the detail of the scheme which has received broad support from the community, although some anxiety has been levelled about the design of the new flats.

The street scene

John Hayes, MP for South Holland, said the redevelopment of the Bull was "widely welcomed, and will make a positive contribution to the street scene."

However he said some constituents are concerned about the design of the flats, and has asked for a re-think.

Long Sutton and District Civic Society has offered "full support for the application in its entirety."

The society says they have been overwhelmed by support from people who live in Long Sutton and who are "intrigued and excited about the development."

Completely tranformed? What do you think?

They claim the plans reflect the best of period restoration and the "subtle blending of new build.

"In the society's view this is the most sympathetic development plan to be submitted anywhere in Long Sutton for many years.

"The Bull has long suffered from the elements, has become dilapidated and suffered vandalism."

Among the many letters confronting development control councillors who meet on January 10 is a letter from English Heritage.

Clive Fletcher, the historic areas advisor, said the proposals as submitted "would case unacceptable harm to the listed building, its setting and the character and appearance of the conservation area.

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