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South Cambs Lib Dems welcome rejection of County Council's This Land development in Cottenham
Councillors from the South Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision to reject a proposal by Cambridgeshire County Council’s development company, This Land, in Cottenham.
South Cambridgeshire District Council planning committee voted on 14th October to refuse detailed permission for 147 houses in Cottenham. The site was previously granted outline permission on appeal.
Cllr Eileen Wilson, Lib Dem district councillor for Cottenham, said: "I am very pleased that the South Cambs planning committee has listened to the concerns of residents. This development could easily be made much better if it followed the Neighbourhood Plan that local people have written. The steep roofs and high buildings don’t fit in with traditional roof lines in Cottenham. There is no route to walk and cycle directly to the village centre, meaning residents will need to go on a long detour along a narrow pavement to get to the school, nursery and shops. Without good off-road paths, the new development will be car-dependent."
Cllr Neil Gough, also Lib Dem district councillor for Cottenham, said: "This Land needs to live up to its promise to be more than a standard profit-driven developer. Following this decision, I would expect the company to come back to us and engage fully with the Parish Council and local residents. I want to see some significant improvements. The rejected proposal involved taking up many metres of well established hedgerow. This would do enormous damage to local biodiversity, which we now know is so important. Replanting some hedging elsewhere just won’t compensate for that."
Ian Sollom, parliamentary spokesperson for the South Cambs Lib Dems, said: "It is vital that communities play a full role in decisions that affect them. Neighbourhood Plans and Village Design Statements are an excellent way that villages can shape new developments and make sure that they integrate well with existing communities. It is great that in the case of the This Land site in Cottenham, the South Cambs planning committee has respected the policies in the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan that residents have put so much time and effort into creating.
I fear that the Conservative government’s proposals for changing the planning system will significantly erode the ability of people to influence what gets built in their communities. With the introduction of the notion of ‘permission in principle’, big developers will have much more power."
Rampton: Reynolds Drove busway crossing
On behalf of a resident, we have raised safety issues relating to the Reynolds Drove crossing of the guided busway. We have received a reply indicating that this is being addressed.
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