Planning Application S/0202/17/OL
Outline Application including consideration of access points, for residential development of up to 110 dwellings with areas of landscaping and public open space and associated infrastructure works, on land at Teversham Road/Cow Lane, Fulbourn
Public Exhibition of proposals on Tuesday 28 February, 6.00pm to 7.00pm, at The Swifts Meeting Room, Haggis Gap
You will all be aware of the earlier planning application on this site (S/2273/14/OL) which was refused by South Cambs District Council on 5 August 2015, and subsequently dismissed by a Planning Inspector at an Appeal which was heard in September 2016. Unfortunately, a new application has now been submitted, as above, and the Parish Council has arranged to exhibit the plans and documents in The Swifts Meeting Room, Haggis Gap on Tuesday 28 February between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. We apologise for the short notice but the details of the exhibition were only finalised last week and your correspondent has just returned from holiday.
Due to the size and complexity of the application, the deadline for the receipt of representations has been extended to Friday 17 March at the request of the Parish Council. If you cannot attend the exhibition, then the drawings and full documentation can either be viewed online through the South Cambs website using the reference number above, or at the Parish Council offices by prior appointment – contact the Parish Clerk on 881042 on Monday, Wednesday of Friday morning before 12.00noon.
This new scheme is virtually identical in its proposed illustrative built form to the one that was refused. The changes are largely contained within the detailed documentation such as the Planning Statement, the Design and Access Statement, and the Ecological Assessments, amongst others. Unfortunately the Inspector’s report, although dismissing the Appeal, was unsatisfactory in that it did not give adequate support to South Cambs’ original reasons for refusal around issues of ecology, landscape and environment, but rather concentrated on the need for high quality, long-term maintenance and management schemes to prevent loss, and to achieve enhancement, of flora and fauna through mitigation and translocation procedures, together with the long-term effectiveness of the surface water management system. The Save Fulbourn’s Fields group, of which Fulbourn Forum is a part, is taking legal advice and expert consultation to find the best way to present our concerns. We think that this may be around the ‘deliverability’ of the proposals, bearing in mind the nature of the site, and the difficulty of meeting environmental and ecological requirements.
This will all take time, but we aim to get back to you as soon as possible with details of our formal response to the planning application.