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Plans for 27 homes in Elm are recommended for approval today despite massive opposition

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Plans to increase a development of homes in Elm from 20 to 27 units look set for approval despite massive local opposition.

The site of the proposed houses. (5758032)
The site of the proposed houses. (5758032)

Today’s (Wednesday) Fenland Planning Committee meeting is being recommended to approve the plans submitted by Kier Living Ltd, even though the parish council and dozens of villagers have voiced concerns of the application.

The proposal, submitted last week, is to build 15 two bed terraced and semis, eight three bed terraced and semis and four four bed detached, all two storey dwellings.

Originally the plans were for 20 homes on land west of Cedar Way, but they were refused because the number of houses would exceed the amount to new builds set out for Elm in Fenland’s Local Plan 2012.

However, two applications – one for nine homes and another for 11– were later passed separately in December 2016, despite a huge swathe of local opposition, meaning Kier Living Ltd could build 20 homes on the site after all.

Now the developer has submitted this latest plan for 27 homes, which it claims will “rationalise the two applications under one planning submission”.

In their design statement Kier said: “The site is effectively land left over following the completion of the Grove Gardens and Cedar Way development. This proposal is a logical rounding off of development.”

However, Veronica Trubshaw, one of the opponents of the proposal, said: “There are many objections from the residents of Elm. The only access to the site is via Grove Gardens, not a wide road, which will cause continual disruption. Elm is already at capacity. It seems a fait accompli with greedy developers having no feeling for the aesthetics of Elm.”

Her view was echoed by former parish councillor Robert Pinnock who believes it is over-development of the site.

He said: “We objected to the original application for 20 home.

“Now they have come up with proposals for 27. We already have permission granted for 50 homes down Gosmoor Lane and 30 off Henry Warby Avenue – that’s 80 in the vicinity of the village centre. But the infrastructure is not there.”

A report to today’s meeting argues: “Notwithstanding the local concern the scheme has been assessed against both local and national planning policy and there are no significant issues which would preclude the application receiving a favourable recommendation.”

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