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Cambridgeshire council aiming for right-to-build scheme

By Adrian Curtis

Another step could soon be taken in South Cambridgeshire District Council’s right-to-build scheme as it looks to get planning permission on the site of some old garages in Bassingbourn.

The authority is one of 11 around the country to be using the scheme and, it says, there are hundreds of people on the waiting list for the chance to build their own home.

The latest plot, off Knutsford Road, currently has 13 garages on site – seven of which are in use. The council’s application states that new off-road parking spaces have been created for nearby residents.

Right-to-build scheme set for planning go ahead in Bassingbourn
Right-to-build scheme set for planning go ahead in Bassingbourn

It adds: “Once outline planning permission is granted it is expected that the self-builder will develop their own house and supply further information and details to the planning authority necessary to discharge all conditions/reserved matters.”

The outline scheme proposes a single storey three-bedroom property with parking and hard and soft landscaping.

The proposals have attracted concern from neighbours about the removal of secure parking.

The self-build scheme is a government initiative to get more people on the housing ladder as building your own property can be a more affordable option.

A decision on the plan is expected in the new year.

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