Campaigners hail victory after planning appeal is withdrawn by developer

The proposed development in Haddenham

The proposed development in Haddenham - Credit: Archant

A speculative housing developer has withdrawn an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after seeing its plans for 100 new homes in Haddenham refused.

Gareth Wilson

Gareth Wilson - Credit: Archant

Cheshire-based developer Gladman, applied to build the 100 houses off Wilburton Road but saw its planning application turned down by East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee in August.

Councillors said the development would put an unacceptable burden on the village’s road system and infrastructure.

Gladman lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate and an inquiry was scheduled to take place in March but it was announced this week that the appeal had been withdrawn.

Councillor Gareth Wilson, who lives in Haddenham, said it was good news for the village.

He said: “It’s not that we are against development in the village - we have recently allocated areas in our village vision for new houses - but we didn’t need 100 houses in the wrong place.

“I think planning officers at the council thought they had a strong case for the Haddenham appeal and I think Gladman thought they had a better chance with their appeal in Witchford.”

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Gladman’s plans for Haddenham concerned almost eight acres of land and, as well as 100 houses, the developer also intended to build a play area and public space complete with “recreational facilities”.

It is the second such appeal lodged by the company after plans for 100 homes off Field End, in Witchford, were also thrown out by councillors. That Witchford appeal is set to go ahead and is scheduled to take place in March.