Working group will look into ways to challenge Whittlesey Showfields development following public meeting

Councillor Chris Boden. Picture: Steve Williams.

Councillor Chris Boden. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A working group has been formed to challenge the 220-home Showfields development in Whittlesey following an extraordinary meeting of Whittlesey Town Council last night.

The development, to build 220 homes, a link road, equipped play area, football pitch, allotments and a nature park on land east of East Delph, was approved following three previous refusals in July.

Whittlesey Town Council says it “deplores” Fenland District Council’s decision to approve the development.

The working group will investigate how to get the decision overturned. The two options are a call-in of the decision by the Secretary of State or a judicial review.

Councillor Chris Boden, who proposed the meeting, said: “Ninety people attended the meeting and we agreed to set up a working group of town councillors to consider either or both applying for a judicial review or to the Secretary of State to call in the decision or revoke it.

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“The sub-committee will be meeting on an ongoing basis for the next few weeks and will report back to full council (Whittlesey Town Council) in October with its recommendations.

“Overall it was a very constructive meeting. A lot of people had very interesting and useful things to say.”

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