Housing estate approved for Whittlesey - eight months after it was turned down

PUBLISHED: 11:19 09 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:37 09 July 2014

How the development would look.

How the development would look.

Archant

A residents’ action group say they are “very shocked” at the one vote margin which will allow 150 homes at Whittlesey after it had previously been unanimously rejected.

Michael Wollaston, chairman of the Snowley Park and Glenfields Residents Action Group, said the application was rushed through “and took no notice of increased flood risk - the land is in flood zone three, the highest risk zone.”

The action group has urged residents to write to planning minister Nick Boles to have the application “called in” and independently investigated.

He said new application by Gladman Developments has been approved before an appeal on their previous refusal could go ahead.

Mr Wollaston said: “Whittlesey Town Council has been consistent by continually raising strong objections and supporting their residents.

“The decision to approve was made by planning members who are elected councillors in Wisbech, March and Chatteris.

“These planning members do not know our area and yet are prepared to permit exiting Whittlesey residents to be put at further risk of flooding.”

He said: “The cheapest form of flood defence is not to build on or next to a flood plain.”

MP Steve Barclay had supported residents and had reported those concerns to the developers.

But planning applications were for “elected councillors rather than a Member of Parliament and I respect that as part of their function within local democracy. “However, I am obviously disappointed that they have chosen to ignore my representations of the views of local residents in this case.”

The application was recommended for approval by planning officers and agreed by a 5-4 vote last month by the planning committee.

The committee agreed that no development can take place until a drainage strategy has been submitted.

Under a separate agreement Gladman will pay £23,800 for secondary education, provide public open space, give £11,186 to the town transport strategy, give ten one-day tickets for public transport to each home, pay £25,000 for watercourse surveys and maintenance and a quarter of the site is given over to affordable housing.

1 comment

  • Just to clarify , it's only areas on the northern boundary that are in flood zone 3 not the whole site and we are waiting to hear from the environment agency exactly how much of the site is in that zone .

    Report this comment

    Mick

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

More news stories

09:00

More than 170 people raised £1,770 by getting covered in neon paint at Wisbech Town Hockey & Cricket Club’s colour run and BBQ on Sunday.

43 minutes ago

A Chatteris businessman, who said he could not finish a campervan conversion for a disabled couple because he had a nervous breakdown, told another person that during the same week, when he was supposed to be in hospital, he was on holiday in Albania.

12:16

The youngest winner has been announced for the Coates Citizen of the Year award for her commitment to fund raising.

11:34

Pub rock legends Dr. Feelgood will top the bill at this year’s new and improved Wisbech Rock Festival.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter