Councillors intervene to give fresh hope for planning applications deemed “unsustainable” by Fenland officers
- Credit: Archant
WARD councillors intervened to give fresh hope to two people wanting to build in the countryside and on sites labelled “unsustainable” by planners.
In Chatteris the intervention of Councillor Alan Melton prompted fresh thinking for a two storey, four bedroom house on London Road.
And in March Councillor Fred Yeulett successfully intervened to halt an immediate refusal of plans for a four bedroom house and workshop in Upwell Road.
The scheme in Chatteris was put forward by Oak Garden Centre owner David White who wants to build a home on derelict land adjoining the business.
He said it would enable his family to relocate to a “more modern home which is easier to maintain and heat.”
You may also want to watch:
Planning officers however insisted that housing in this area would not normally be supported unless some justification was offered.
“Development in this location would introduce additional ribbon development into an area that is currently open and has a strong relationship with the adjoining countryside,” they told councillors.
- 1 BMW driver 'intentionally rammed' Ford car on A142 before fleeing scene
- 2 Binmen revolt over alleged bullying, poor pay, low morale and staffing crisis
- 3 Lucky Cambridgeshire neighbours win People's Postcode Lottery
- 4 Drug dealer racially abused police officer
- 5 Person cut out of car after two-vehicle crash
- 6 Football club ‘disappointed’ after vandals damage toilet facilities
- 7 Woman pedestrian in her 50s killed in guided busway crash
- 8 Woman has heart attack and dies in ambulance waiting for a hospital bed
- 9 Ramsey woman to appear in court to face drug dealing charges
- 10 Piled wall will resolve major King's Dyke crossing obstacle
But Cllr Melton said local members would like to see this area of London Road developed and precedents have been set by other permissions.
The committee agreed to defer the application and asked for a business plan- a similar request which has gone to the Pooleys who want to build west of Thirties Farm, March.
Cllr Yeulett felt the proposal for a workshop home style of development would support an existing business and provide secure storage and surveillance.
But planning officers said the proposal “has failed to demonstrate that a functional and financial need for a workplace home exists through a robust justification”.