Plans for 70 homes on former Wisbech gas works

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Seventy new homes could be built on the site of Wisbech’s former gas works as a result of new plans.

The proposed housing development on land off Cotterell Way forms part of the plans to regenerate the Nene Waterfront under the Wisbech 2020 vision.

Developer G B Construction Partnership has applied to build one, two and three bedroom properties on the land, which is owned by Fenland District Council.

The planning application, which was lodged last week, has been welcomed by some Wisbech Town Council members.

Leader David Oliver, who is also a Fenland District councillor, said: “It is good to see development on that area has started and hopefully this will be a catalyst for the rest of the site to be redeveloped.”

The development appears to be aimed at families as it will include four one bedroom units, 22 two bedroom and 44 three bedrooms.

Ten of the 70 homes will be classed as affordable and there is an intention for Circle Housing Roddons to purchase and manage 24 from the developer.

The remainder will be sold on the open market.

The majority of the homes will be two to three storey and the site will have 138 parking spaces.

The design and access statement says: “The results of the public consultation indicate a broad level of support for the development.

“The proposals provide an opportunity to enhance the local area and will act as a catalyst to kick-start the wider regeneration of this part of Wisbech to help promote the enhancement of the leisure port and bring new activity to the town’s retail and tourism.”

Wisbech 2020 was launched 18 months ago and is the 29-point Action Plan which highlights issues such as the A47, Wisbech-March rail link, arts initiatives, dilapidated buildings and development.

Progress is being made on the plan.