WTC – Report on Planning Meeting

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

The main item of interest was that F/YR14/0706/F
The erection of housing and flats with the demolition of existing church hall (St Marys Hall – Station Road) – the application has been Withdrawn.

This may be good news to some…. but still leaves a derelict building and eyesore almost in the middle of our town, along with the ex Bricklayers Arms not being developed (again developer pulled out after permission given) what to do with these eyesores…
No easy answer, one ‘objector’ who lives on ‘Scaldgate’ said the Church Hall should be returned to its former glory – how! – it is now in private ownership and unless a Compulsory Purchase Order was made – it will remain in private ownership.
Whittlesey Town Council also made objections to this application and all the documents can be seen on FDC’s website under ‘Planning’ and by putting in the reference # at the top of the article.
We of course have ‘other’ sites’ equally grotty…The Morley’s Petrol Pump site is another example of what ‘visitors’ see as they drive through our town.
Until these sites are ‘sold’ and developed I am afraid we have to live with them, but wouldn’t it be nice if the owners just ‘tidied’ their sites up a little bit.

Of course there could always be a very generous philanthropic individual or organisation to buy up these properties and develop them for the ‘good’ of the town and its residents…
(Alas – I do know one such person – but I doubt very much if he will do this) 

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