More than 270 homes are due to be built on the edge of Burwell after a developer dropped some homes from its plans.

East Cambridgeshire District Council granted approval for the new development on the edge of the village after previously asking the developer to look at the plans again.

Outline permission was granted back in 2019 to build up to 350 homes on land north of Newmarket Road.

Two more detailed applications were then made by the developer, Vistry Homes, for the first two phases of the development.

Originally the company had proposed to build 281 homes across the two sites, but were asked by councillors to look at the plans again after a planning committee meeting in August.

Councillors raised concerns that too many homes were planned within the first two phases, when a third phase of the development was still expected to come forward at a later date.

Amended plans were subsequently put forward dropping 10 homes from the development, and increasing the number of two-bedroom homes that will be made available to privately buy.

At a planning committee meeting this week (November 1) Rebecca Smith, senior planner at Vistry Homes, said the developer had worked with the district council’s planning officers to make “considerable changes” to the plans.

She said they hoped the amendments addressed the concerns raised at the previous meeting.

Ms Smith said: “We at Vistry are very keen to get building on site, we want to be delivering these new homes for people next year.”

Councillor David Brown said he “strongly welcomed” the changes to the plans that had been made by the developers.

Councillor Gareth Wilson said he thought the amended plans were a “big improvement” on the original proposals, adding that he was “glad the developers have actually listened”.

Councillor John Trapp said while he recognised there had been a reduction in the number of homes planned, he said it was not a “significant reduction” and said it was still “quite heavily developed”.

A majority of councillors voted in favour of approving the application for the first phase of the development of 138 homes.

Councillors then unanimously approved the application for the second phase of the development for 133 homes.