December 19 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
AN application to build 1,000 homes on farm land at Chatteris will come before councillors next month- almost three years after it was submitted.
The proposal - which would create a community on 173 acres of farmland to the south east of the town - also includes a business park, High-Street styled shops, health centre and school.
The application by Hallam Land Management – that cost £78,000 in fees to submit- will go before Fenland District Council Planning Committee on September 3.
It is envisaged the development, to be built west of the A142 Ireton’s Way, will include an outdoor sports facility and a primary school with playing fields.
The plans originally submitted back in 2010 include for a cafe, doctor’s surgery and pharmacy as well as link roads to relieve traffic congestion around the town.
The proposal would see the refurbishment of the nearby Grade II listed Tithe Barn, for commercial or community use.
Hallam says up to 35 per cent of the hew homes would be affordable housing, and there will be 3.79 hectares of formal open space and 16.16 hectares of structural landscaping.
Up to 6.5 hectares of employment land over two phases is also proposed, served by a local centre and link road to the southern perimeter of the site.
When the plans were first announced, public consultations undertaken between 2008 and 2010 showed that two thirds of respondents were in favour of the proposals. A presentation was made to Chatteris Town Council in March 2010, a meeting was held with Fenland District Council in July 2010, and there was a two day public exhibition to get public feedback.
Hallam Land Management says the development “seeks to meet local needs by helping to deliver both open and affordable housing, and employment land for jobs.”