BUILDING developers have been awarded for meeting social and environmental standards.

Lewis and Scott, the company behind the plans to build a community of affordable bungalows for people aged 60 and over on Maldon have been recognised for their ethical business principles.

Maldon District Council have approved the development plans. 

They have received a 'Certified B Corporation' standard, joining brands such as the Body Shop and Innocent drinks.

The plans for 21 bungalows, four apartments and a communal social building at the Tollesbury Salt Meadows have been well supported with 125 comments in support.

There are also 22 objections to the development on the Maldon District Council planning website.

Companies are given B Corp certifications for achieving the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

Robb Scott, the CEO and Founder of Lewis and Scott, said: “We are really proud to have been formally recognised as an ethical business.

“Lewis and Scott was created to improve the health and wellbeing of local older people through beautiful, affordable, suitable homes, but we can’t expect everyone to accept that on face value.

“This certification is another step towards demonstrating our commitment to Maldon, and to the local people who need a long-term, attractive and affordable alternative to what’s currently available on the housing market.”