The following statement is released today ( 27.10.2014 ) from “SaveFulbournsFields.org” to the local Media.
ACTION NEEDED TO STOP THREAT TO CAMBRIDGE
A company headquartered in China is proposing to build on green fields close to Cambridge. If they get planning permission for this housing in Fulbourn village, it could open the floodgates for building on many other unplanned and unsuitable green fields near Cambridge….
… the developer is seeking to circumvent local policy and gain planning approval in the ‘interregnum’ before the Emerging Local Plan is adopted. Read more…
I am advised that the DC will be likely to approve the application due to the weakness of their housing land supply figures. We clearly need some ‘knock out’ blows to prevent this. One important challenge is the developers contention that they are unwilling to meet the Council’s affordable housing policy percentage on the site because of the high development costs. This could be a sticking point as the policy is an important part of the housing policy.
Another point is to substantiate the reasons for persuading the DC to allocate the land as a ‘Local Green Space’ in the draft Local Plan.
Thank you to everyone who signed up outside Fulbourn Primary School to oppose this planning application! Special thanks to Nicky and her Facebook friends for their help!