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Flats plan for former March Freezer Centre get the green-light

There will be no affordable homes provided when the former March Freezer Centre is demolished and replaced with flats.

Yesterday's (Wednesday) Fenland planning committee, which approved plans by Mr A Ferdinand and Mr S Green to demolish the building on Station Road, and replace it with three retail units on the groundfloor and 26 flats above, heard it was not viable to include affordable housing in the scheme.

The proposal was welcomed by the committee with Councillor Peter Murphy commenting: "This is long, long over due - can we start tomorrow".

An artist's impression of what the flats will look like. (21077450)
An artist's impression of what the flats will look like. (21077450)

However, Councillor Will Sutton, who also welcomed the plans, said the committee should be consistent in its decision making.

He pointed out members had rejected plans for flats on the Brewin Oaks site on grounds of over-development and concerns about traffic earlier in the meeting, and said the same issues affected the Freezer Centre proposal.

But Councillor Ann Hay, who had spoken against the Brewin Oaks application, said:"Applications should be looked at on an individual basis and the Freezer Centre was not on a similar scale. To me you can't compare the two."

An officer's report said: "The detailed elements provided for approval at this stage are considered to be acceptable, and the scale and indicative elevations detail a building that would enhance the appearance of this section of the town."

It was unanimously approved.

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