October 24 2014 Latest news:
By Matthew Gooding
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Plans for 200 new homes in a village are to be revealed to the public.
The scheme would see housing built at New Road in Melbourn, with the potential for also developing community facilities on the site.
Cambridge-based developers Endurance Estates Strategic Land say they hope to submit a planning application for the site later this year, but first want to consult with people from all sectors of the community.
Planning director Ben Hooton said: “We know the council lacks a deliverable supply of housing land to meet the district’s needs over the next five years, and our site represents an excellent opportunity to provide attractive, high quality new homes in a range of different sizes and types.
“As well as larger family homes, we want the development to help younger local residents take their first step on the housing ladder.
“I urge all local residents to look out for the leaflet, give us you comments and get involved in designing the best possible scheme for Melbourn.”
The developers say their plans will “emphasis the village character of Melbourn”, and will help maintain the village’s green edge while improving natural habitats for plants and wildlife.
The scheme was initially included in South Cambridgeshire District Council’s draft local plan last year, and designated as a site for 270 homes.
However, a co-ordinated campaign by the Melbourn Housing Development Awareness Campaign led to 700 responses from the village being submitted in opposition to the scheme.
A spokesman for the campaign group said: “Endurance has failed to take into consideration views of villagers. It seems that the situation will come down to a battle between the wishes of a community and the desires of big business.”
Consultation leaflets are to be delivered to homes in the village to allow residents to have their say.