THE end of a long and arduous process to pass a strategy setting out the locations for 25,500 new homes and swathes of new employment land is in sight after the final plan was approved by the city council’s cabinet on Monday (26 March).
The council’s controversial Site Allocations document was formally adopted by cabinet and will now just need to be ratified by the full council on April 18 before it becomes official policy.
The document makes provision for such major extensions of Peterborough as Great Haddon, which alone will bring 5,500 new homes to the south-west of the city.
The document also makes provision for numerous smaller-scale housing developments in outlying villages, including Eye where residents have objected to plans for 160 new homes in addition to 220 already under construction.
A planning inspector who carried out an inquiry into the document last year judged it to be “sound”, and suggested only a few amendments.
There was broad support for the document at the cabinet meeting, although Stanground Central councillor Irene Walsh expressed reservations about the possible creation of a rail-freight interchange between Stanground and Whittlesey, provisionally called Magna Park.
She said: “I think (the document) is a brilliant piece of work which will make a massive contribution to the growth of the city.
“I would like to say, though, that I do have great doubts about the benefits of the rail freight project and reserve the right to consult my residents should a planning application be put forward.”
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