Development of executive homes planned for village

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A development of executive houses in Leverington has been proposed.

An application has been submitted to Fenland District Council to build four houses on land south-east of Sharpes Farm, in Church End.

The applicant, working through Peter Humphrey Associates, wants to build three four-bedroom houses and one three-bedroom house, all in a chalet style with at least one parking space and a garage.

The site is outside the Development Area Boundary, a fact concerning some local residents, but the applicant states there are no suitable sites within the boundary and there is a need for executive housing in the village.

Residents are also unhappy with the proposed removal of a large weeping willow tree, which takes up around 40 per cent of the site.

A tree survey determined that the tree, which is of a short-lived species, is approaching maturity and there are other trees in the nearby field boundaries.

It concluded that the proposal, while resulting in the loss of one tree, allows trees in the adjoining garden to remain without harm. New planting will also be used.

The tree surgeon added that he was unaware of any tree protection affecting the trees that grow on the site.

A number of features have been included in the proposal to enhance their environmental performance, including swift nesting boxes and bat boxes. A rainwater harvesting system will also be installed.