Decision due on March housing development

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Planners will decide if a 30 home development in March will be given the green light.

The Wilkinson Family has applied to Fenland District Council to put up 30 homes on land east of Berryfield.

Members of the council’s planning committee will be looking at their plans during a meeting today.

March Town Council has objected to the plans along with Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeology department.

The county council has called for a archaeological investigation as significant “heritage assets” are found in this location.

But a report to the district council’s planning committee said it was “unreasonable” to request a full survey.

The report states: “Officers understand the agents concerns that it would be unreasonable for the investigative works to be undertaken ahead of any certainty in relation to the principle of the development being established.

“Given that the archaeology works can be undertaken prior to any favourable determination of the application it seems reasonable to request this after the committee has considered the proposal. Should the subsequent investigation not result in any important findings which would either restrict development on all or part of the site (such that there would be no prospect of 30 dwellings being developed) then it is recommended that officers be given delegated powers to determine the application. Should substantial findings be identified then the application shall be reported back.”