Permission granted on appeal for 99 homes to be built in Swavesey
PUBLISHED: 05:39 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 08 January 2018
South Cambridgeshire District Council initially denied planning permission for the homes, which would be located on land south of Fen Drayton Road.
Developer Bloor Homes successfully reversed the decision of South Cambridgeshire District Council and has gained permission to build 99 homes in Swavesey.
South Cambridgeshire has a 4.1-year housing supply, but a five-year supply is required.
Cllr Robert Turner, the council’s member for planning, said: “Naturally we’re disappointed a government planning inspector has overturned the decision we made locally to refuse permission.
“Councillors at our planning committee refused the application because of concerns they had around road safety and extra demand on local services such as schools and the GP surgery.
“The planning inspector in this case weighed these matters differently.”
The inspector ruled that, on the county council’s consideration, Swavesey Primary School and Swavesey Village College will be able to accommodate any children who would live on the development.
NHS England has requested an extension of the health services provided in Swavesey, and the county council has said the current facility, a GP surgery based in a converted bungalow, could be expanded to accomodate for new residents.