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Developer hopes latest planning application for Doddington bungalows will be successful

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A developer is hoping that resubmitted plans to build 16 homes on a site in the centre of a Fenland village will win planners support.

A planning statement drawn up by Ashtons Legal in support of Construct Reason’s application to build the bungalows on land off Juniper Close, Doddington, explains the company will be begin building the homes as soon as planning permission is granted - and therefore “it should be seen as a deliverable site in terms of the provision towards the council’s housing land supply”.

It says the site is currently unused for agriculture and is rough grassland with some trees along the southern, eastern and western boundaries which will be retained as part of the development.”

The site looking towards the windmill. (53355175)
The site looking towards the windmill. (53355175)

This is not the first time the site has been looked at for development and the report explains that an application submitted in 1990 was refused by the council - a decision upheld on appeal.

The planning statement said: “The scheme was dismissed on appeal due to the potential impact on the High Street frontage – the formation of a vehicular access would have created an “uncharacteristically wide gap at a critical location, in the fabric of the High Street”. The current proposals do not seek to form any access onto High Street and therefore not affecting the conservation area.”

Adding therefore planners should not consider the appeal decision when making their minds up on this latest application.

The proposed layout of the site. (53355169)
The proposed layout of the site. (53355169)

An application for 16 dwellings was withdrawn in May this year following concerns from the council’s conservation officer.

The statement adds: “The officer’s comments have been taken on board, and the scheme amended to reflect their concerns.”

However, the application has drawn objections from villagers with concerns over the density of the proposed development being raised along with worries about Doddington’s infra-structure being able to cope with the extra homes.

Lisa Cox said: “Having already objected to the original application in February 2021, I hereby object again. The village infrastructure can no longer cope with the residents we currently have, so adding more will just accentuate the many problems of this wonderful village such as the school being full, the doctor's surgery being overwhelmed and more importantly for the local residents i.e. Wood Street the sewerage system currently is at breaking point with Anglian Water already doing investigations into the foul odour that we have to endure on a near daily basis.

"The land has flooded many times and building more concrete blocks on it will only add to the issue of where does the water drain to. The attenuation ponds in theory are a reasonable idea but who is going to maintain these ponds when there are weeds and stagnant water which will undoubtedly attract flies and especially midges."

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