Developer scores a double as two bids for more than 50 homes on each site win committee approval

Map showing the site for 56 homes approved for New Road, Chatteris

Map showing the site for 56 homes approved for New Road, Chatteris - Credit: Archant

A developer scored a double when two applications- each for more than 50 homes- won approval from Fenland planners.

King Partnership Homes – headed by Lincolnshire house builder Ashley King- has been granted planning permission by Fenland Council Planning Committee for both sites.

His can now build 56 homes off New Road, Chatteris and can increase from 36 to 52 the number of homes the number of homes he previously won permission for in Gaul Road, March.

Both applications came before the council planning committee on Wednesday with Chatteris Town Council opposed to the New Road proposals.

“Whilst councillors have no problem with the principle of development we believe public open space should be provided on the site,” they told planners.

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Seven residents are also opposed who say it will create too much traffic on New Road and the access is too close to the bypass.

They also wanted the homes to be single storey to prevent overlooking and claim the development “will overwhelm the area”.

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Planning officers believe the inclusion of 15 affordable homes helps the application and although is not part of the core strategy “on balance may be favourably recommended.”

The March site has outline permission for 36 homes but King Partnership has increased that to 52.

Officers said the site would result in “sustainable development in a primary market town and can be accommodated without being to the detriment of the character of the area and the amenity of adjoining residents.”

They also say the estate “reflects the growth aspirations of the district”.

Police say the design contains excellent features in terms of “designing out crime” but two residents complained that the buildings are too close to existing bungalows.

There are also fears that the access from Gaul Road onto the A141 March bypass is not adequate.

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