All Saints Primary School head blocks March housing plan

A HEAD teacher’s concerns about child safety outside her school have scuppered plans for 10 new homes in a nearby street.

All Saints Primary School head Rachel Beeson said building 10 new homes in Queen Street Close, March, would create traffic difficulties and be dangerous for children travelling to and from school.

In a stark letter to planners, she said a proposal by developers The Grosvenor Partnership could “compromise safety of the children and residents”.

She said: “We oppose the scheme in the strongest possible terms.

“The houses are too close to the boundary with All Saints and seven will directly overlook the school and the children when they are out playing or taking part in PE. It could compromise children’s safety.”

Mrs Beeson is already concerned about traffic outside the school and has asked parents to use the Queen Street car park entrance so they do not cause congestion for residents of County Road.

Planning officers at Fenland District Council agreed with her and recommended that councillors on the plannig committee refuse the application on the grounds that it “fails to respect the character of the locality and compromises highway safety”.

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Cambridgeshire County Council also said the area was of high archaeological potential and that historic Bronze Age remains could be damaged or destroyed by development.

The application was refused as recommended at the planning committee’s meeting last Wednesday.