Planning committee approves controversial plans to build 11 homes on Barton Road car park - but Secretary of State will have his say first

Architect's impression of the development.

Architect's impression of the development. - Credit: Archant

Controversial plans to build 11 homes on the Barton Road car park have taken another step forward after East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee approved the scheme.

Plan - the proposed development - full.

Plan - the proposed development - full. - Credit: Archant

Members of the committee voted in a majority (four votes to two) at a planning meeting today (Wednesday), but the proposal will be passed on to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, after it received over 150 objections.

The scheme has also been criticised by the council’s conservation officer, who said the plans neither “preserve nor enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area,” and the City of Ely Council, which is concerned about the “unacceptable” loss of coach spaces if they plans go ahead.

The district council is hoping for a £1.7million profit from the scheme with the proceeds becoming available to help with capital projects such as the new leisure centre on Downham Road.