Decision to be re-examined

Wisbech councillor Virginia Bucknor is one of three Fenland councillors who have asked for the re-examination of a recent district council Cabinet decision regarding the proposed building of 70 new homes on part of the town’s Nene Waterfront Regeneration area.

Mrs Bucknor, Manea councillor Mark Archer and Jan French from March are behind the ‘Call In’ which is due to go before Fenland’s Overview and Scrutiny Panel tomorrow (Thursday).

The agenda says it is to consider the confidential Cabinet decision relating to the freehold disposal of the former gas works site.

Only two weeks ago, Fenland Council announced a proposal from Wisbech St Mary firm GB Construction Partnership Ltd to develop that site, hoping it would in turn kick start the long-awaited development of the remainder of the site.

In a private discussion, the Cabinet agreed to the “negotiated disposal” of the gas works site, with the development subject to approval by the planning committee.

Mrs Bucknor told the Citizen the purpose of the call-in is to “examine the decision made, who the developer is, what due diligence has taken place, why this particular developer was approved, and whether it had gone out to tender” as well as many other questions.

“The Nene Waterfront is a prime site and will be a showpiece for Wisbech if a good development is undertaken and it’s important that we have due diligence, openness and transparency,” she added.