Bungalow demolition in centre of Soham could make way for new housing development

PUBLISHED: 10:20 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 17 April 2018

Soham housing development. Photo: East Cambs District Council

Soham housing development. Photo: East Cambs District Council

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A bungalow could be demolished in Soham to make way for five new terraced houses, two bungalows and two flats in the centre of the town.

The proposed Poppies Mews development in White Hart Lane and Churchgate Street has been put forward to East Cambridgeshire planners.

It would include three-bed houses, bungalows and flats by Churchgate (Elite) Developments Ltd.

Developers say there will be “ample off-street parking” and there will be “zero impact” on the surrounding heritage buildings.

They say that “the form, scale and materials that have been taken have been carefully chosen as to complement the existing street which is quite a traditional row of terrace houses.”

A design and access statement reads: “The design of the development has been carefully thought out to enhance the existing street scene by taking into consideration the surrounding design typology but at the same time provide modern residence for the new inhabitants.

“The proposed development will carry a number of features to suit the locality and ensure that the

proposals enhance the existing plot and do not have a negative impact on the street scene and

conservation area.

“The proposed scale and detailing of the new buildings, with extensive use of dormers, porches and is an acknowledgment of historic building details recurrent in the local buildings, and reflects the local

domestic and semi-industrial, agricultural heritage.”

The properties will be arranged around a paved courtyard with direct existing access from White

Hart Lane.

Landscaping and planting of new shrubs and trees will be used and each dwelling is provided with its own private garden space.

The East side of the development consists of the Old Conservative Hall converted into flats which are three storeys in height.

Ample off-street parking will be provided in hope that the busy through road will not be congested with even more cars.

The West side of the development consists of three grade II listed buildings from two storeys to three storeys dating from 1500 through to the 1920s.

A heritage assessment statement adds: “Our findings concluded that the impact of our proposals to any listed buildings were insignificant and or zero.”

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