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Thirty-eight homes will be built on a village brownfield site despite objections to the plans by residents and councillors.

Fenland District Council's planning committee approved an application by Kempston Homes Ltd to build the houses, which will include one two-storey five bedroom property; 14 two storey four bedroom properties; five four bedroom bungalows, two three bedroom bungalows all with garages and 16 two storey three bedroom houses without garages, on Dennicks Yard, Back road in Gorefield.

The site was formerly used for the storage and distribution of agricultural produce and fertilisers with ancillary offices and workshop.

Plans for 38 homes on a site in Gorefield have been approved despite objections from residents and the parish council. (57200417)
Plans for 38 homes on a site in Gorefield have been approved despite objections from residents and the parish council. (57200417)

There are five industrial type buildings constructed in profiled sheeting on the site with large expanses of hardstanding. Use on the site ceased some time ago, and the site and buildings have fallen into disrepair

Officers recommended approval for the plans but the application was before June's planning committee because of the number of objections and parish council comments which went against the officer's recommendation.

Gorefield Parish Council had commented on the application and said: "While Gorefield Parish Council accepts this site is suitable for residential development the council cannot support the current application for 38 dwellings

on the site."

Plans for 38 homes on a site in Gorefield have been approved despite objections from residents and the parish council. (57200427)
Plans for 38 homes on a site in Gorefield have been approved despite objections from residents and the parish council. (57200427)

It then listed multiple reasons for its decision including the fact councillors believed the application would result in over development of the site and pointed out that Gorefield has been designated as a 'limited growth' village.

The council was also concerned that over development would result in a lack of amenity space for each of the proposed dwellings and that the development would create additional traffic movements on an unsuitable road.

A lack of a footway along Back Road was also a concern for the council who feared it would result in "conflict between traffic and pedestrians".

Other concerns included lack of sufficient infra-structure including school places and GP provision for such a development.

Fifteen letters of objection from neighbouring residents had also been received with many stating the same reasons as the parish council for objecting.

But there were also seven letters in support of the application with some of those pointing out development of a brownfield site had to be a positive for the village and would improve the outlook.

Planning officers concluded: "The development of this site will see the removal of a non-conforming use within

a residential area, which already benefits from outline planning permission for residential development, albeit for a lesser number of units. The current scheme will maximise the effective use of a brownfield site."



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