Expansive plans for a new 460-home development as part of a multi-million pound estate have been approved.
Councillors on the planning committee at Fenland District Council granted permission for the outline plans at Bassenhally Farm in Whittlesey on Wednesday.
The plans include around 460 homes, a 70-bed nursing home, extra care accommodation, a local centre, associated landscaping, public open space and works to the roads on land between Eastrea Road and Drybread Road.
The decision has paved the way for applicants Larkfleet Homes to develop the site but before any building work can take place the firm must first submit a full planning application, which planning director Richard Edwards hopes will be done by the autumn.
He said: “We are delighted the plans have been approved as it’s a long-standing application which has been going for many years.
“We want to be on the site by the end of the year, for early 2012 to start delivering the project.
“We are hoping to solve the legal agreements in the next two months. Then we have to submit a detailed plan and I think this could be done in the early part of autumn.”
However, the news has not been welcomed by all quarters with Whittlesey Town Council having recommended that the district council reject the plans while the council received eight letters of objection from residents raising issues about lack of infrastructure to support the development and the traffic it would generate.
Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Martin Curtis said: “I’m disappointed. My feeling is the traffic situation has not been taken into account.”
However, Mr Edwards said Larkfleet hopes the community will embrace the new development. He said: “It will bring new homes which are needed in the area.”
Whittlesey supermarket plans
THE housing development is not the only major project battling for approval in Whittlesey.
Tesco has joined forces with Harrier Developments Limited to build a supermarket with a petrol station on land off Eastrea Road, Whittlesey.
They are putting their proposals on public show at Whittlesey Town Library’s Buttercross rooms, in Market Street today (Friday, 8 April) from 3pm to 6pm. They will be on show again on Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
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