Petition opposes 125 homes on edge of Fowlmere
An application to build 125 homes on agricultural land in Fowlmere is being discussed by the parish council’s planning committee this evening.
Developer Croudace Homes will give a presentation on the plans, which about 500 people have signed a petition to oppose.
The 8.14ha site lies to the north of the village and is bounded to the south by Long Lane, which leads to the neighbouring settlement, Shepreth, to the north west.
Sally Roskilly, who has lived in the village for more than 40 years, organised the petition and said she cannot understand why such a large development would be required outside the village framework, when council planners have already identified a good supply of housing sites to see the Greater Cambridge region through to 2041.
“Land has already been identified for the 49,000 houses that South Cambridgeshire District Council requires and we don’t need these so called ‘windfall’ sites, which will destroy the rural setting of South Cambs villages and trash the Local Plans,” she said.
Consultants acting for Croudace Homes say in planning documents: “Given the village’s sustainable location, combined with the district’s growth targets and housing delivery requirements set out within the new Local Plan, it is considered that land off Long Lane, Fowlmere, presents an appropriate location for additional housing to meet a district wide need.”
Forty per cent of the new homes would be affordable, the developer confirmed. The site is not in the current Local Plan for development, but has been put forward for consideration in the new, emerging Local Plan, which is still in the stage of being drafted.
The parish council meeting takes place in the Pavilion Rooms at Fowlmere Village Hall in Chrishall Road from 7.30pm.