Appeal upheld for homes in March

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A plan to build new homes on the site of a former March care home will now go ahead after a housing association won an appeal against its refusal.

Sanctuary Housing Association’s proposals for the former Kingswood Care Home site were refused by Fenland District Council – despite the project being scaled back from 33 homes to 22.

The association lodged an appeal against the decision with the Secretary of State, and a planning inspector upheld the move last week.

The former care home in Kingswood Road closed four years ago following a bitter campaign by residents and their relatives to keep it open. More than 1,700 people signed a petition, but all 40 residents were re-housed and Sanctuary demolished the home.

Fenland Council turned down the plan for a mixture of flats, houses and bungalows following objections relating to increased noise and traffic, inadequate parking, overlooking, and flooding concerns.

But planning inspector Louise Phillips said: “I am mindful of the disadvantages of piecemeal development but this site relates well to the existing built-up area of the town.” She also said the flats would differ from other forms of nearby development, and flooding would be dealt with by a new drainage system.