Backlash from villagers over Heydon new town proposal

PUBLISHED: 12:20 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:20 11 September 2018

The plans for housing development on Heydon Grange Golf and Country Club owner John Akhtar's land. Picture: DANNY LOO

The plans for housing development on Heydon Grange Golf and Country Club owner John Akhtar's land. Picture: DANNY LOO

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The chair of Heydon Parish Council has said she has had lots of comments from residents about the proposal for a new town on land around the village.

Chair of Heydon parish council Diana McFadyen's home nears the land that could be built on. Picture: DANNY LOOChair of Heydon parish council Diana McFadyen's home nears the land that could be built on. Picture: DANNY LOO

After the Crow revealed the plans for 9,620 homes and a town’s worth of amenities to the wider community three weeks ago, many have shared their views with chair Diana McFadyen.

One commented: “The developer has the prettiest farm in South Cambridgeshire, in the most wonderful landscape. Now he wants to destroy it.”

Another said: “We moved from London to be surrounded by countryside, and to give our children a better life.”

Other comments were that “The A505 is impossible at the moment – queues in both directions every day, from Royston to the A11, and it couldn’t take any additional housing.”

“I have lived in Heydon for most of my life and that’s where I want to stay, and don’t want to be surrounded by a large town.”

“The proposed development will provide facilities such as a doctor’s surgery and dispensary, a library, leisure centre and gym and a shopping centre with a petrol station. 
“We do, however, already have all these facilities and have always been happy to travel to make use of them because we choose to live further away in the peace and quiet of our beautiful village.”

Developer John Akhtar, who wasn’t available for comment, has previously said said his proposal would be of benefit to the residents in the rural villages.

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