Tesco’s Planning Houses – Off Cemetery Road

Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘offical’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their official website.

My information last month was correct…. a bit premature!!!

WTC Plan - Justin MillsAt last nights WTC Planning meeting on the agenda item P41/16 was a presentation by
Mr Justin Mills from Contour Planning http://contourplanning.com/
Who are Independent Planning Consultants.
Mr Mills gave about a 20 minute presentation and gave out a ‘proposed plan’ (See below).
A few questions from the Councillors attending, revolved around the type and number of proposed housing, access for vehicles and dustbin storage.
From my observations, it appeared to me that Contour Planning are very well advanced in their Pre-Planning application with FDC, and are almost ready to submit a Full Application!!!! – this very much seemed to me to  be ‘Lip Service’ to WTC as consultees.

The site is where Tesco’s planned to build a Supermarket off Cemetery Road – which was refused planning permission – they then moved their application to Station Road (All well documented here and elsewhere)
The land itself has been subject to approved planning for housing before, there have been at least 3 approved and one refusal (Applications).
Tesco have owned the land for around 10 years.
After hearing Mr Mills short presentation, my concerns are the number of Houses they are proposing to put on the site 20, as before the previous applicants applied for 13 Bungalows….this seems to be maxing out to the limit the amount of housing.
Since ‘most’ of the surrounding area are Bungalows – by putting Houses there is not in keeping with the surrounding area.
All traffic will be coming out onto Cemetery Road – opposite – The Cemetery…. this is the only place the developer can use – this could and will cause problems.
Our Cambs CC Highway, appear to have no issues with the above.

So now we await the full application and see if any of our own Whittlesey (FDC) Councillors can get Contour/Tesco to put in a better plan….
Watch this space…..

 Cemetery Road - Tesco - Housing
Click on Picture to enlarge © Contour Planning
Content © Roy Gerstner

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