Sundern mayor fights size of holiday home project
The local council in the German town of Sundern is trying to block construction of a major vacation home development on its territory. Following discussions with representatives of Helma Vacation properties, the town's mayor Georg Te Pass said the council was disappointed that the developer was unwilling to compromise on its plan to build 350 homes. He said that the members of his party (CDU) believed one-third of that number was the most that could be acceptable. On the positive side, he said the size of the actual buildings (76 square meters per house) was not a problem and he approved of the planned green roofs. Sundern is a popular vacation area located nearly 60 kilometers southeast of Dortmund. “This event has shown that the investor is unfortunately currently not very willing to compromise," said council member Friedrich Becker. He added, however, that the negotiations have helped the city define better how it would like to see the area develop.