New development plans unveiled

General view from Lynn Rd of where 150 homes might be built
General view from Lynn Rd of where 150 homes might be built

PLANS have been unveiled for a sizeable housing and retail development off Lynn Road in Wisbech.

The development would see between 120 and 150 dwellings, mixed in with open spaces and a dedicated retail centre of approximately 2000 square metres of space.

A presentation was given to the planning committee of Wisbech Town Council on Monday evening, where councillors got a first look at the proposal.

James Rennie and Will Lusty, of Savills, spoke on behalf of Ashley King (Developments) Ltd, the Spalding company proposing the development.

Mr Rennie said plans were still in their infancy and a formal proposal has not yet been put together. However, he had a basic map of the area, showing the town council how the space could potentially be developed.

The land, which is situated opposite the new Wisbech Town Football Club stadium and behind Pendula Road in Walsoken, does not currently have any development on it.

The presentation sparked interest in the councillors, although there were some concerns over how the already busy Lynn Road would cope with the extra traffic created by the additional houses.

Cllr Virginia Bucknor attended the meeting in her capacity as ward councillor for nearby Waterlees.

She said people had been “excited” when it was rumoured a supermarket was possibly going on the site, an idea formulated by Manea businessman Richard Sears.

Although this development is unrelated to Mr Sears, she asked if the retail section could potentially hold a supermarket. Mr Rennie said it would be big enough for something like a Tesco Express and this could be looked into by their retail consultants.

Mrs Bucknor also pushed for the Savills representatives to consider including some activities for older children, such as a youth club, as there are few provisions in the area for the 14 to 18 age bracket.

Mr Rennie and Mr Lusty said public consultation will be carried out, hopefully before Christmas, where members of the public will get to have their say on what they would like to see in the development. People will also get to share their views on the plans. Consultation will be carried out prior to a planning application being submitted.