Historic church “has no particularly outstanding features” says planning application

17:50 03 January 2014

St Mary

St Mary's Church, Westry. Picture: Steve Williams.

Archant

A historic church rebuilt after a fire nearly four years ago has been called a building with “no particularly outstanding features” by a couple who want to build four executive homes next door.

The statement forms part of a heritage document submitted to Fenland District Council’s planning team as among reasons why their four home scheme should be given the go ahead on land next to St Mary’s Church at Westry.

St Mary’s Church was burnt to the ground in March 2010 and since then has had hundreds of thousands spent and hours by church restoration specialists to bring the 19th century building back to its former glory.

Now, a couple want to develop land currently being used as a lawn and paddock next door to the church.

Planners say the church is of significance, however, and in a report into the application by Mr and Mrs Schofield they say the Grade II listed building is “well detailed, constructed of good quality materials and sits well on its site.”

The report adds that it is “a good example of modest Victorian church architecture” with good views of the church and associated trees travelling in either direction.

The couple are seeking permission to build two three-storey homes with seven bedrooms and two two-storey homes with four bedrooms on land south of Westry Hall in Wisbech Road, March, which is currently being used as a paddock and lawn.

However, planners look set to refuse the idea saying it is contrary to planning guidelines.

They say the homes would be in such a prominent location that they would look out of character with the rest of the area.

The homes would also ruin the views of the church and affect the setting, according to a report.

In addition, the access road would disturb tree roots which have tree preservation orders on them.

The matter is being recommended for refusal but is yet to be discussed at a meeting of Fenland District council planning committee.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 10:05
Sanctuary housing, Gaul Road, March. Picture: Steve Williams.

A housing association has pledged to get families into their homes by September – after paperwork for drainage delayed the move date by eight months.

Yesterday, 20:05
Melanie Murdoch, pictured running in the Great East Anglia Run.

Two proud brothers have said good luck to their mum through this newspaper as she prepares to take part in her second marathon in just five weeks.

Yesterday, 17:17
A bronze age shield and sword similar to the one found at Chatteris

A Bronze Age spear shield and rapier will be among the artefacts on display when an exhibition about Chatteris’ earliest human occupants, their tools and implements opens next Saturday.

Yesterday, 13:54
Sir Graham Bright.

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright has welcomed a ban on legal highs.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition today E-edition