Concern for Hampton Court shops in Peterborough after car park sold for housing

John Wood of Westwood with his petition against development of a nearby car park. EMN-150510-214220009
John Wood of Westwood with his petition against development of a nearby car park. EMN-150510-214220009
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A petition has been handed in to Peterborough City Council by a resident concerned at the sale of car parking next to shops in Hampton Court, Westwood.

John Wood (81) handed the council a petition of 78 names, addresses and signatures in July over the sale to housing association Cross Keys Homes which is looking to provide up to 26 new affordable homes on the site.

Mr Wood of Wicken Way, Westwood, believes the sale price was too low and that the deal was undertaken in secrecy. His petition has called for the car park of around 70 spaces to be made an Asset of Community Value which would allow groups to bid for it.

He said: “There’s been no public consultation whatsoever. We did not find out until June 15 that they had sold the car park on March 31 for £110,000.

“They literally have not had the price of a house for it.

“We have not got a bus service around the estate and the shops think they will suffer.”

Mr Wood also believes the new homes will create a “traffic nightmare.”

A council spokesman said: “Consultation with ward councillors on the proposal to sell this development site to an affordable housing provider took place in advance of the sale that was completed on March 31, 2015.”

A Cross Keys spokeswoman said the purchase had gone ahead according to standard council procedures and that the housing association was very committed to maintaining the vibrant business and residential community.

She added: “We are committed to retaining sufficient parking around the development as well as ensuring we take into account the needs of the local community.

“We also need to build more desperately needed affordable homes in the city to help end the housing crisis and provide more people with safe, good quality homes.

“We will use the outcomes of the consultations we have carried out, the views of residents and those of local businesses in the proposals we will shortly put forward for planning permission.”