Luxury home planned for Fenland village could threaten historic features, say officals

PLANS for a luxury five bedroom, three storey home at Leverington will come under scrutiny next week by Fenland councillors.

Council conservation officers have raised concerns about the plans and are fearful that the “significance” of a 120 year old garden wall could be lost if the house is built.

This has now become the main reason why officials say the plans for the house, at Beechwood, 55 Dowgate Road, Leverington, should be turned down.

However Councillor Michael Humphrey has requested a full scale debate and the matter will now be decided by Fenland District Council Planning Committee next Wednesday.

Parish councillors will tell the committee that the wall needs to be preserved and renewed as part of the conservation policy for the area.

Historically, says a report to councillors, the proposed site would have served as a kitchen garden to the large detached house known as Beechwood.

It is enclosed by a 2.8 metre high wall which is identified as a historic feature in the conservation appraisal for the village and the significance of both could be lost, say planners, if the new home is built.

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