Hotly contested Whittlesey development could be fought by town council

Steve Barclay MP meeting Denise Laws ahead of a planning appeal over the Showfield site
Steve Barclay MP meeting Denise Laws ahead of a planning appeal over the Showfield site
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A fiercely contested decision to allow the development of 220 homes in Whittlesey could be fought by the town council.

An extraordinary meeting was held last night (Tuesday, September 8) where it was decided that a working party will be set up to explore the possibilities of overturning the decision to approve the development on the Showfield site in East Delph.

This would come from either requesting a calling in of the decision by the Secretary of State or by applying for a Judicial Review.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Chris Boden and seconded by Cllr Martin Curtis.

It was passed by a majority of the Whittlesey Town Council with two abstentions.

The extraordinary meeting was held at Whittlesey Christian Church and was chaired by Cllr David Mason.

It attracted 74 members of the public.

The application for 220 homes on the Showfield site, near Alderman Jacobs Primary School, and a second application for a nearby community park, were approved in July by Fenland District Council’s Planning Committee.

The approval appeared to mark a victory for Philip Rose, chairman of Showfields Ltd, after a four-and-a-half year battle to get the go ahead on the site.

The long-running saga saw an action group raise thousands of pounds to contest Mr Rose, while North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay also hit out at the proposed development.

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