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Homes decision deferred amid safety concerns

Plans for proposed development in Impington
Plans for proposed development in Impington

Fears for flooding and the safety of children on their way to school have been raised after a bid was made to build new homes in Impington.

Developers Hill Residential Ltd proposed to build 26 new homes, as well as car and cycle parking, just off Impington Lane in Impington.

The plans came before South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee today (Wednesday, November 14), where councillors raised fears for the development’s impact on drainage in the area, as well as the possibility of road safety problems.

Cllr Steve Hunt, who represents Histon and Impington at the district council, said he was worried about road safety if more vehicles were added to what is already a “chaotic road”.

Cllr Hunt said large lorries and double decker buses often travelled along the road.

Cllr Brian Ing, of Histon and Impington Parish Council, said he was worried about the impact of the new development on drainage in the area.

“The drainage proposals are deeply troubling us,” said Cllr Ing.

Residents said that despite making their concerns known, the developer had not engaged properly with the community to make sure worries over the plans were mitigated.

Nick Parkinson, design director at Hill, said the company is “proud” of the work done to keep residents abreast of the proposals, and said fliers had been sent out to the community.

However, Cllr Pippa Heylings, who represents Histon and Impington at South Cambridgeshire District Council, criticised the developer’s lack of engagement with the community, and said she was not convinced residents’ fears had been acknowledged.

“I have to say, I have not heard anything that has changed my concerns,” said Cllr Heylings. “People have had zero response to the concerns made.”

Cllr Heylings said she was not opposed to the principle of development, but said some issues like the drainage situation, had been well known since the beginning of the process.

Many councillors objected to the lack of “pepper-potting” of affordable homes within the proposed development. Cllr Deborah Roberts said the affordable homes were all located in one area and not dispersed throughout the development.

Cllr Tumi Hawkins said: “I am disappointed with the lack of community engagement.

“I am concerned this does not provide the right mix of market housing that is needed in the community. We can do better. Hill can do better.”

The committee voted to defer the application.

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