More than 1000 jobs could be created as plans submitted for Kennett Garden Village

Artist’s impression of new Village Square, viewed from Village Green. PHOTO: Palace Green Homes

Artist's impression of new Village Square, viewed from Village Green. PHOTO: Palace Green Homes

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More than 1000 jobs could be created as part of a community development in Kennett as plans have been lodged for 500 new homes, a care home, business park, new station car park and village square.

The outline planning application has been submitted by East Cambridgeshire District Council for Station Road by Palace Green Homes.

Developers say it could create 400 new jobs, in addition to 760 full-time equivalent jobs for the construction process.

The scheme would also provide a new building for Kennett Primary School, a village green, a variety of facilities such as shops, a café and community and health care buildings.

The application has been drawn up on behalf of a local farming family in collaboration with Kennett Community Land Trust and residents.

The affordable homes would be available for local people, with those with a connection to the village given priority, in a bid to “generate a significant and long-term income for the community”.

Landowners and developers say they are “extremely keen” that the community’s wishes shaped the design from the start of the process, with plans including a new perimeter road around the edge of the garden village site to reduce the need for traffic to travel through the centre of the existing village.

The proposals also see a number of off-site road improvements and traffic calming measures, including a new mini-roundabout at the Station Road/Bury Road (Bell Inn) crossroads in Kentford.

Phil Rose, head of property and development at Palace Green Homes, said: “The input we’ve received from members of the community over the last 18 months or so has really driven the design of Kennett Garden Village.

“We’ve directly responded to feedback in each iteration of the masterplan we’ve developed, and I’m confident we’ve arrived at a final plan that reflects the aspirations and needs of local residents, and will bring tangible, long-term benefits.

“I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to get involved.”

The application will now be considered by planners at East Cambridgeshire District Council over the coming months.

If planning permission is granted, it is envisaged that work could start in around a year.

The planning application can be viewed online at http://pa.eastcambs.gov.uk/online-applications/ using the reference number 18/00752/ESO.

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