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Chatteris Town Council objects to 'slum development' plans for conversion of an industrial unit



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Plans to convert a light industrial unit into six four bedroom homes have been labelled as a 'slum development' by the town council.

Peter Crout, of Chatteris Enterprises, who owns the site, has applied to Fenland District Council for prior approval for change of use from light industrial to six two-storey, four bedroom homes at Unit 1, How Fen Road, Chatteris.

The move has been discussed by Chatteris Town Council, who were asked for their views by Fenland planners prior to a decision being made, and councillors have recommended the application be refused.

Property owner Peter Crout has submitted hand drawn images of his proposed conversion of an industrial unit to six homes. (14655231)
Property owner Peter Crout has submitted hand drawn images of his proposed conversion of an industrial unit to six homes. (14655231)

In their written response the town council said they were recommending refusal and said the proposals were "over-development in the open countryside" and slammed the plans as being poorly designed adding: "It looks like a slum housing development and appears to be designed for communal living".

The town council also felt the development would have an adverse effect on a neighbouring property, business and livestock and raised concerns about possible flooding and the effects of a non-mains drainage system and the foul water soak-away.

Mrs P Kendrew whose property adjoins the proposed development site has raised a number of objections and is demanding a number of precautions if permission is granted.

Property owner Peter Crout has submitted hand drawn images of his proposed conversion of an industrial unit to six homes. (14655233)
Property owner Peter Crout has submitted hand drawn images of his proposed conversion of an industrial unit to six homes. (14655233)

She said: "My property is approximately 5 metres from a large ‘barn’ structure which situated on the plot (Unit1 How Fen) described as ‘light industrial’ and has been rented to persons for a variety of uses since I purchased my residence and buildings eight years ago (2011). The boundary between the two properties is approximately 2.5m either side. My business (which employs three local persons) is located on my property in a building directly adjacent to the barn (ie 5m distant) and my residence is approximately 20m from said barn. My horses are stabled in a section of the building in which my business is located (six stables of American Barn type construction housing five horses). With permission to provide a boarding kennels service which is currently not active.

"If the change of use of Unit 1 will entail the removal (demolition)or changes to the internal structure of the barn on this plot (approximately 50/60m long and two storey) I would like to be informed of the measures the applicant will be taking to address my concerns"

Her list includes measures involving the safe removal of any asbestos lining the walls and roof space of the unit to safeguard herself and her employees.

She also wants noise control and dust control while the work is undertaken and is concerned about the possible impact the work might have on her business.

Mrs Kendrew is also worried about possible flooding.

She said: "The prevention of further increase in the flooding of the front of my business premises when it rains caused by the run off from Unit 1 How Fen (business customer car parking area at the front entrance to the building), which has always been a problem and has recently been exacerbated by the raising of the ‘driveway’ access to said Unit 1.

Finally she adds : "At this time there is work in progress on the site."

Mr Crout, who lives in Welney, has submitted hand drawn plans showing the proposed layout of the homes and also what they will look like from the outside.



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