The Consultation period has begun again.
Go to the SCDC website and express your view asap!
Just further evidence that we already have too much traffic at this junction. We don’t want a roundabout here, but likewise we do disagree with the Castlefields points about the level of traffic being acceptable – even when there would be more car journeys from the Teversham Road, single access point to the development.
At peak times we all know that this junction exiting from Fulbourn, and the other two (Teversham Rd / Airport Way and the Hinton Road/ Cambridge Road) are nightmares to get out from. Let’s hope that there are no serious accidents in the near future whether the application gets approved or not !
The Council has (on 28 April 2015) confirmed an error in the displayed public notices which publicised the planning application by Castlefield International.
They have written saying:
“Yes, you have written many times regarding this application including raising the issue of the description of the development (access). The application description has been amended (today) by the applicant and further site notices will be displayed shortly with the revised description”
The Save Fulbourn’s Fields campaign had advised the Council that they may be vulnerable to legal action because the village notices are factually inaccurate. The notices had repeated Castlefield’s statement in their application that they were applying for only one access to the proposed development of 110 dwellings. In fact, the application proposes three accesses, Teversham Road, Cox’s Drove and over Poor Well, and the Council have details of all three.
A follow up on 29 April by Cllr John Williams in discussion with the District Council Solicitor found that he (the Solicitor) agreed that the public consultation has to be rerun. He suggested 14 days and will speak to the case officer.
So we are expecting a further delay to the planning committee hearing and that all those who have already commented should receive notification that a new period of consultation has started to which they can make further comments. The deadline for this consultation rerun has been confirmed as 19 May 2015.
Yet again, the planning committee has delayed hearing this Application, the earliest that it will now be heard is on 13th May 2015. Please see council website for their latest Agenda that will be published a week before that – on 6th May Refer to our other meeting post of what may be happening on the day.
Just a reminder to all those (including Castelfields who had stated that “the site has never been incorporated within the Green Belt”) that these fields were indeed in the green belt until 1992.
SFF have the documents from the aborted 1987 application, which makes this clear, and Castlefields should have known this.
So the proposed designation as LGS is merely restoring (to some extent) the protection which the site had rightly enjoyed for decades. The Council’s confirmation of this LGS proposal, as recently as March 2015, is very helpful: it would be utterly perverse for them to do that, and then one month later allow 110 houses to be built.
These fields bring the countryside into the conservation area of Fulbourn. Without them, the valuable environment of Poor Well would be ruined, and the whole outlook spoilt for ever.
This was originally planned to be on the 4th March – delayed to 1st April 2015
This is the formal meeting where the Outline Application will be heard in front of the Planning Committee.
There will be representations from several parties objecting to this Application, from the Parish, Local Councillors and Fulbourn Forum along with a representative from our SaveFulbournsFields (SFF)group. Anyone can attend this meeting, but the council generally only allow one public “objector” to speak for 3 minutes.
Back in November we encouraged those to write in to object formally to this, and the Planning officer should have considered all of the objections (and supporters) and will now make a recommendation. This will be discussed and then voted upon during the meeting by the members of that Planning Committee.
During the last two months SFF have commissioned and funded a study via a local Civil Engineering Company, to review the Castlefields Flood Risk Assessment. This was delivered early in the new year to Mr Andrew Fillmore – the Planning officer. Due to its confidentiality we have not published this or made the wider public aware of it.
Similarly we understand that there are still several issues being discussed at the planning level that do not support the Outline Application, but nonetheless we trust that the right decision will prevail on the day. Even a rejection by the planning committee may end up with an Appeal by the developer.
There have been further letters of objection (including our own) specifically to the Planning Members in the last week. See the SFF letter.
If you have any new evidence that has not been heard before (e.g. endangered species found in Poor Well) then you would be at liberty to write to the members of the planning committee, but probably no later than a week before the meeting.
As a reminder the meeting is on:
Wednesday, 1st April 2015 10.00 a.m.
Council Chamber, South Cambridgeshire Hall
Location maps: http://Maps and directions to South Cambridgeshire Hall
Cambourne Business Park
Here is the link to the BBC iPlayer site where you should be able to play it again. 1 hr. 7 min. into the 3 hr. recording.
Tune into BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (95.7/96 FM; 1026 AM; or Digital) on Thursday 11 December at 7.00am, the Dotty McLeod Breakfast Show, when, after the news bulletin, we expect the topical issue of developers attempting to circumvent both existing and emerging planning policies by lodging opportunistic planning applications for housing on sites not included in the Draft Local Plan, to be aired. These applications are cynically taking advantage of the policy interregnum while the proposed new Local Plan is under consideration by the Inspector.
Four Fulbourn residents, Gill Godber, Robert Culshaw, David Cottee and Richard Townley (representing the Save Fulbourn’s Fields campaign) have been interviewed concerning the current proposal for 110 dwellings on the Teversham Road site (behind Poor Well), and they will be joined on the Thursday BBC radio programme by Sebastian Kindersley, the SCDC councillor for Gamlingay, who is raising the issue within Council of the rogue planning applications now besetting many South Cambs’ villages.
We hope that this further publicity will help raise awareness of our many concerns about the unsuitability of the Teversham Road site for development, and the inability of Fulbourn’s infrastructure to accommodate further large scale housing numbers.
Link to the BBC iPlayer site where you should be able hear Lynn in Harston talking about Water Meadows and Allison in Fulbourn at 2 hr. 18 min. into the 3 hr. recording.
The programme will also be available on BBC iPlayer for four weeks from the date of the broadcast.
Planning Officer, South Cambs District Council
Dear Mr Fillmore,
Planning Application Ref: S/2273/14/OL
Land at Teversham Road, Fulbourn
We, Fulbourn Forum for community action, have previously contacted you with a response to the above planning application, strongly objecting to the proposals for development of up to 110 dwellings.
Among the many reasons cited for refusal, was the concern over the suitability of the site for development due to its wetness and it being prone to flooding. The site is at a low-point in the village with a high water table, and receiving run-on water from the surrounding higher ground, the output of the spring at Poor Well, and the discharge from the large piped surface water outlet from adjacent roads (Cow Lane and Pierce Lane). You and your colleagues may not have had a chance to visit the site during adverse weather, but on the afternoon of Sunday 23 November 2014, after a day of persistent but not heavy rain, I visited the site and took some photographs (these are of the field directly behind Poor Well which is generally the less wet of the two fields – I also have photos from the other field).
You will see in the photos below, the state of the site, basically covered with water, particularly evident along the trodden paths. The situation was the same across the fields away from the paths but partly obscured by the long, tussocky grass. I hope that you will accept this as further evidence that this site is very unsuitable for development, requiring extreme engineering measures by the applicant in an effort to prove otherwise. Covered with hard surfaces, the problem to be resolved will be much more acute and unpredictable. These two fields are effectively water meadows, providing a valuable safety valve at the low-end of the village where water can be contained, before running off naturally into the local deep ditches and watercourses. We interfere with this at our peril and I trust that the planning committee will be made fully aware of the serious implications.
Secretary, Fulbourn Forum for community action