Plans to move Waterbeach station are called in
South Cambs' decision to approve move will be considered by the secretary of state
Controversial plans to move Waterbeach railway station will be scrutinised by the government.
South Cambridgeshire District Council gave the go-ahead for the development despite complaints from residents about issues including access. But the decision has been called in and will be considered by the secretary of state.
Cllr Jane Williams, vice chair of Waterbeach Parish Council planning committee, spoke against the proposal at the district council’s meeting on Wednesday (September 12).
Cllr Williams, who was speaking on behalf of the resident objectors, explained after the meeting: “There is no point moving the station from Waterbeach village now to put a station in the middle of nowhere where there are no houses.”
The plan, which will be part of the wider proposals for a new town at Waterbeach, proposes moving the station to land between Cody Road and the railway, north of the village.
Residents say that the station move plan should have been considered with the new town application and not before.
Cllr Williams continued: “Until the triggers are there that the station needs to move then there’s no point at the moment. Because of the underlying stuff, it has be done as part of the local plan in a strategic manner.”
Waterbeach Parish Council objected to the proposal. A survey carried out by the authority found that 52 per cent of the 278 respondents were strongly against the plan, with 14 per cent in favour of the move.
The parish council’s planning chair Cllr Kate Green also spoke to object to the application.
The new station would have two platforms, with two bridges, a car park, cycle parking, bus stops and a taxi rank. Access to the new station would be from Cody Road. The application also proposed resurfacing the southern section of Bannold Drive and traffic-calming measures on both Cody Road and Way Lane.
Residents have raised concerns about increased traffic affecting nearby Waterbeach Community Primary School.
Meanwhile, consultation on the new town plan for Waterbeach is under way.
Comments can be made by visiting scambs.gov.uk/waterbeachspd.
An exhibition will be held on October 8 at 12.30-7.30pm at Waterbeach Salvation Army Hall on Station Road. Council staff will also attend the Waterbeach Community Forum meeting on September 25 from 6pm at Waterbeach Baptist Church on Chapel Street.