250 homes? No thanks! Consultation forces developers to reduce number of houses at development at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Fordham

PUBLISHED: 16:17 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 30 March 2017

Plans for 250 homes at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Fordham, were knocked back by residents in a public consultation. Now only 150 houses will be built at the site.

Plans for 250 homes at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Fordham, were knocked back by residents in a public consultation. Now only 150 houses will be built at the site.

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The number of homes to be built on the site of a garden centre in Fordham has been reduced by 40 per cent following a public consultation.

More than 140 local people attended an exhibition at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Fordham, last week to see how their feedback had been incorporated into new plans for a housing development.More than 140 local people attended an exhibition at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Fordham, last week to see how their feedback had been incorporated into new plans for a housing development.

Developers Hill originally planned to build 250 affordable homes on land at Scotsdales Garden Centre, but now only 150 will be built after residents said 250 was too many during a consultation in October.

Hill also answered residents’ calls by including a 75-bed care home, bungalows, space for a medical consultation space and a bigger number of one, two and three bed homes in its new plans. Hill now says that 41 per cent of homes will be one or two-bed and 76 per cent will have three beds or less.

More than 140 local people attended an exhibition at Scotsdales Garden Centre last week to see how their feedback had been incorporated into the plans.

Colin Campbell, head of strategic land at Hill developers, said: “It was positive to hear that people felt that their concerns had been listened to after the first exhibition and that the new plans reflected the feedback received.

“We stated back in October that we wished to work with the village and we feel that our current proposals deliver on that promise.”

Residents now have until Thursday April 6 to respond to the revised plans.

A planning application for the site is yet to be submitted but is expected to come later this year.

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