Opposition to Peterborough village houses plan

MP Shailesh Vara

MP Shailesh Vara

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Residents in a Peterborough village have hit out at plans for 80 new homes.

An outline planning application for land to the west of Uffington Road, Barnack, was recently submitted to Peterborough City Council.

Now parish and ward councillors, along with North West Cambridgshire MP Shailesh Vara, have voiced their objections to the proposals.

Mr Vara said: “This proposal is totally inappropriate for a beautiful conservation village like Barnack. The outline application for some 80 homes along Uffington Road would be a large-scale development and it would increase the housing in Barnack by some 18 per cent.

“The site is located in open countryside and is not within the village envelope. Peterborough City Council, the local planning authority, has well-established rules and regulations regarding village envelopes and it is clear that this application runs counter to these, along with other extant planning policies, and should therefore be rejected.”

Cllr David Over, Peterborough City Councillor for the Barnack Ward said: “People who live in Barnack choose to live in a small village. This development threatens not just an extra 80 houses but opens up all the fields around Barnack and all other nearby villages.”

And Harry Brassey, Chairman of Barnack Parish Council, added: “This proposed development is totally inappropriate for a small conservation village with limited facilities and we’re absolutely determined to protect the rural environment that defines our parish. We believe that if this application is approved it will open the floodgates for yet further development in other villages in the Stamford and Peterborough area.”

The plans are set to be discussed at a Peterborough City Council planning meeting early in 2016.