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Detailed plans for 74 homes in Caldecote Highfields have been submitted by Linden Homes.

Artist impression of plans for 74 new homes in Caldecote Highfields. Picture: OSP Architecture/Linden Homes
Artist impression of plans for 74 new homes in Caldecote Highfields. Picture: OSP Architecture/Linden Homes

The company already has outline permission as part of a wider 140-home plan, which means the principle of the development is established, but reserved matters now need approval for the site east of Highfields Road.

Detailed plans for the other half of the site - covering 66 homes - was narrowly granted by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee in October 2019, with only the weight of the committee chair’s casting vote pushing it over the line after five councillors voting in favour and five against.

Ahead of that decision, the district councillor for the area, Liberal Democrat Cllr Tumi Hawkins, called the planned development a “monstrosity”. She called for the proposals to be changed, arguing “the character of Highfield is at stake”.

But an agent for Linden Homes described it as a “high-quality, low-density development” which would provide “an enjoyable place to live”.

Plans for 74 new homes in Caldecote Highfields. Credit: OSP Architecture/Linden Homes
Plans for 74 new homes in Caldecote Highfields. Credit: OSP Architecture/Linden Homes

Outline permission for the whole site was also a closely contested affair, only being granted approval on appeal by the national Planning Inspectorate in 2017 after an initial rejection by a council planning committee.

The application for the remaining 74 homes includes a proposal for a three-storey building, which was criticised by local residents in the application for the other half of the site.

No date has yet been set to decide the application.


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