Homes plan approved

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A plan to build 43 new homes in Manea was approved by district councillors on Wednesday despite strong opposition.

Mr P Humphrey, Portman Developments, wants to build on agricultural land which is outside the development area with allotments and open space.

Officers recommended approval and this was endorsed by Fenland’s planning committee, subject to no new objections being received during the consultation period relating to the provision of the haul road for construction traffic and the addition of appropriate conditions.

The controversial plan is a major development for the village. Eight letters in support have been submitted but it has also sparked 13 letters and two petitions opposing the development.

The application involves land to the west of Teachers Close off School Lane. Those in support have said it is a “natural extension” for the village earmarked 20 years ago, while objectors are concerned about increased traffic, congestion, overlooking and that the site is outside the agreed plan area.

The parish council have supported the plan but have some traffic concerns and have asked for a financial contribution towards leisure facilities in the village.