Village charity seeks permission to expand property portfolio

East Cambridgeshire District Council.

East Cambridgeshire District Council. - Credit: Archant

A charity set up to fund and support education in Little Downham has submitted plans that could see it expand its property portfolio.

The Downham Feoffees Charity has applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to build four new bungalows in School Lane.

The charity already owns 20 houses and 200 acres of farmland in the village, with the proceeds going to support the village primary school, the purchase of books and equipment, and the cost of school transportation.

Greg Saberton Design, acting on behalf of the charity, said: “The Feoffees own this large parcel of land and there is a high demand for housing in the village.

“Due to the amount of elderly people that the charity houses, they felt that single storey dwelling would be best suited for the site.

“We are proposing each bungalow be as open plan as possible with two good size bedrooms and a family wet room area. We have allowed a good size roof space for storage but this could be adapted in the future, should a younger family require a property.”

In addition to supporting the school, the charity also rents allotments and considers applications for grants for individuals and community projects.

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A decision on the pans is expected within the next eight weeks. To view the plans, or to have a say, visit