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More than 60 affordable homes could be built in Elm after plans were submitted to the local authority.

Leading housing provider Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane.

The development would be made up of one, two, three and four bedroom properties, including maisonettes, bungalows and houses. Some of the homes will be built to a fully accessible standard.

Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane. (55098793)
Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane. (55098793)

However, while the developers say they are delighted to have submitted the application, which can be found here, comments from residents made during the pre-application consultation show locals are not so happy.

Leaflets were distributed to homes close to the site in roads including Holly Avenue, Laurel Drive, All Saints Close, and The Dale, and also to local councillors and the parish council.

As a result 22 members of the public responded mainly objecting to the application with concerns over traffic, lack of school places, insufficient GP capacity, plus the impact of so many homes on the rural location, being raised.

Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane. (55099798)
Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane. (55099798)

However, Hourigan Connolly who carried out the consultation on behalf of the developers say in their subsequent report that the application has sought to deal with those concerns with the various reports submitted alongside it.

In a press statement sent out heralding the submission of the application, Marcus Keys, Longhurst Group’s executive director for growth and development, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to submit these plans for more than 60 affordable homes in Elm.

“The development, if granted approval, will provide much needed affordable housing to the area and with the homes being made available across several different tenures, it would provide opportunities to many local people who wish to get onto the property ladder.

Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane. (55099801)
Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane. (55099801)

“It’s a key theme in our Improving Lives vision to provide the homes people want where they’re needed the most, and we believe these plans would help us to achieve this, while further enhancing the housing stock in this part of Cambridgeshire.

“We’re also committed, where possible, to providing fully accessible housing within our developments, so we’re really pleased to have been able to incorporate this into some of the properties within these plans.”

If approved by Fenland District Council, the development would include 26 of the proposed homes being made available on tenures which provide an affordable route towards home ownership, with the rest being available on an affordable rent basis.

Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane. (55098790)
Longhurst Group has partnered with Bowsall Developments Ltd and drawn up plans for 63 homes on Gosmoor Lane. (55098790)

A total of 127 car parking spaces would also be included, either on plot or in private courts and new trees would be planted along the street line to soften the impact of this parking provision, as well as improving air quality and to contribute to biodiversity.

Glenn Rowson, managing director of Bowsall Developments Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to submit these plans in partnership with Longhurst Group.

“We’re committed to bringing forward development opportunities to provide much needed affordable housing and we’re pleased to be able to bring Longhurst Group on board to deliver this proposal.

“We’re looking forward to making these plans become a reality and providing affordable housing opportunities for local people should planning permission be granted by Fenland District Council."

Anyone wishing to comment or to find out more about the application can do so by visiting Fenland's planning portal and searching reference number: F/YR22/0226/F.



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