Pop Jolley reveals to Manea Parish Council he has eyes on second major housing development for village

MILLIONAIRE parish and district councillor Pop Jolley has revealed he is behind a second major application to build homes in Manea.

Cllr Jolley told members of Manea Parish Council he had an option on a site in Station Road for which permission has been given for 14 houses.

The Cabinet member for leisure-whose evidence may be crucial in determining the fate of sacked Cabinet colleague Jan French- was revealed last month as the businessman behind a �7.5million, 43 home development off Hutchinson Close, Manea.

That application is still to be decided but Fenland District Council Planning Committee approved a scheme for 14 homes north of 55a Station Road.

When the plans came before the parish council in September, Cllr Jolley withdrew “for the duration of the discussion and voting thereon”.

Council clerk Terry Jordan reported that Cllr Jolley “declared his pecuniary interest in this application, by virtue of possessing an option to purchase the site”.

Members of Fenland planning committee were met with objectors to the new scheme, mainly from residents who live nearby.

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One neighbour told the committee the proposal meant his life and others would be “seriously and adversely affected”.

He said the proposal was unreasonable and out of character with the surrounding area. Building three storey homes was out of keeping in a part of the village which comprises mainly bungalows and older style homes.

He said that many of the existing properties would be dwarfed by this development, which is entirely unreasonable. He asked that if the council is 100% people driven then member do not allow “this inappropriate, unreasonable and unplanned development”.

The agent, Peter Humphrey, said it was “an obvious infill site”. It was a growth village and would provide 10 houses plus four affordable homes and he envisaged a scheme for which Fenland could be proud.

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