Council give go ahead for homes plan

PUBLISHED: 17:27 15 February 2011 | UPDATED: 17:32 15 February 2011

Cllr Deborah Roberts - Fowlmere Parish Council

Cllr Deborah Roberts - Fowlmere Parish Council


But some residents disagree with development

A PARISH council has given the go ahead for the development of ten affordable homes to be built in a village.

But some residents are upset with the decision, saying they have not been listened to and that countryside will be destroyed.

The development, on designated Greenfield land in Fowlmere, will include ten homes that residents of the village will be given first refusal on.

At a meeting last Monday, the Parish Council voted unanimously in favour of the development, much to the anger of Fowlmere resident Neil Roskilly.

“The Parish Council have been totally dismissive of those against this plan, and they are not listening or giving it a fair hearing,” he said.

“They are looking to destroy a lovely piece of countryside where lots of wildlife lives by building high density housing.

“It also means the land beyond it will be open for development, which could mean 30 or 40 more homes.”

Leader of Fowlmere Parish Council Deb Roberts defended the plans. She said: “There are very few houses in the area for young people to be able to afford, and these homes will provide this.

“At the meeting last week we listened to the public for about an hour. Some were in favour and some were against.

“Following that the parish council then made their decision and they unanimously supported the application in principle.”

The plans will now go to South Cambridgeshire District Council for review.

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