Developer takes Witchford housing plan to Planning Inspectorate
PUBLISHED: 08:14 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:14 07 October 2014
Gladman Developments has launched an appeal after its plan to build 128 new homes in Witchford was rejected out by councillors.
East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee threw out Gladman’s plans against the advice of experts in July, saying that the homes were too close to the A142 and could cause traffic issues.
Now, Cheshire-based Gladman has appealed the case to the Planning Inspectorate and the matter will go before an inquiry hearing later in the year.
The Planning Inspectorate has given all interested parties until October 27 to submit their cases ahead of a hearing.
As part of its planned Witchford development, to be located off Field End, Gladman has set aside space for play and recreational facilities.
The development will include a mix of houses from two to five bedroom and will also have a range of affordable housing.
Gladman told the council: “The overall vision for the site is to create a distinctive and high quality sustainable development, which enhances the qualities and character of Witchford.
“Housing will be set within a robust green infrastructure, which will include existing mature trees and hedgerows. The scheme will provide a play area which will act as a community focus within the development.
“Rather than attempt to imitate existing built development, the design is informed and inspired by the character and detail found within the historic elements of Witchford, local villages and surrounding landscape.”
Together with its original planning submission, Gladman also commissioned a 50-page sustainability report, which concluded that the development could be accommodated within the village without causing harm.
To contact the Planning Inspectorate, visit www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs