March 12 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Affordable housing, including homes for people with learning disabilities, looks set to be given the go ahead on the site of a former residential home in March.
National firm, Sanctuary Group, has applied for permission to build 22 homes on the site of the former Kingswood Park residential home.
The group had applied to build 33 homes but withdrew the application in July replacing it for a less dense development of 10 flats and 12 homes.
The plan has attracted 50 letters of objections from local people whose complaints include`the road being unable to cope with extra traffic and the flats being out of character with the area.
There are also concerns that there will be overlooking, local schools are over subscribed and there is already sufficient social housing provided in the town.
March town councillors have recommended that Fenland planners put a halt to the plans saying the build will be out of character with the area, the road is too narrow to deal with extra traffic and it poses a potential flood risk.
However, in a meeting next week, Fenland District councillors will be asked to recommend the plan as is it is for 100% affordable housing which is needed in the local area.
A report says: “The site can comfortably accommodate 22 units and the mix of one and two bed dwellings supports an identified need within the district.”
Planners want the development to be given the green light subject to conditions including an archaeological dig before work starts, landscaping and a section 106 agreement to put funds back into the community.