Murrow is no tourism hotspot say Fenland councillors - so holiday homes plan refused

Back Road, Murrow, where plans for two holiday homes have been turned down.

Back Road, Murrow, where plans for two holiday homes have been turned down. - Credit: Archant

PLANS to build two holiday homes in a Fenland village have been turned down after councillors agreed that Murrow is hardly a holiday hotspot.

Back Road, Murrow, where plans for two holiday homes have been turned down.

Back Road, Murrow, where plans for two holiday homes have been turned down. - Credit: Archant

The plan for two log cabins next to a pumping station in Back Road was refused after members of Fenland District Council’s planning committee agreed it was out of keeping with village life and would have a negative impact on neighbours.

Back Road, Murrow, where plans for two holiday homes have been turned down.

Back Road, Murrow, where plans for two holiday homes have been turned down. - Credit: Archant

Visitors would get to the cabins along a narrow road that becomes single track in places, which planning officers said could not cope with any increase in cars.

The holiday let scheme received six letters of support from people who said the cabins would be popular with people coming to the area for long and short breaks.

A fisherman wrote to planners saying he struggled to find a place to stay while fishing in the area, while ramblers wrote to say they often walked in the Fens but found it difficult to find self-catering accommodation and often found that bed and breakfasts were booked up.


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Another letter of support said it was time Murrow moved into the 21st century and had more amenities.

Seven people wrote to object to the scheme on the grounds that a land registry covenant outlined that the land was only to be used as a paddock, that it would create extra noise and traffic and that it would set a precedent for back development.

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Another letter said the log cabins would not attract walkers to the area as the village only had a couple of overgrown public footpaths.

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