Scheme for 200 new homes in Melbourn revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:34 04 September 2014

Villagers are to be quizzed on plans for 200 new homes in Melbourn.

Villagers are to be quizzed on plans for 200 new homes in Melbourn.


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.

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  • This sophisticated load of full colour marketing drivel somehow legitimising and making it look a done deal, we received from these developers, was more like spam puff salesmanship! BUT well done! It galvanised us and made approximately 400 people (or more!) get off their sofas on a thursday evening, filling our local venue where we doubled the organisers best estimate of attendance, which then spilled onto the grass verge and footpaths outside, and oddly all were against it! The message is the plans mooted by these greedy profit hunters is really unwelcome as is the sneaky, snide way this was done! I am told the developers have already done an archaeological survey! mmm double sneaky? As a village we currently have 70+ houses soon to be built! on an orchard one of the fast disappearing "green lungs" in the area another 200+? and this time on greenbelt farmland AND the developers plot or is it POT will no doubt be increased as it goes? This will not only clog the very narrow and already busy small local roads, remember many of these roads were only built for the horse & carriage days! AND which already have serious traffic calming, plus the legion of oddly named sleeping policemen installed on the way into this site, which is on a slope (i ask where will surface water end up? ) and with drains built for olden days flooding has been a serious problem on and around Orchard road this year. And I wonder how they will sort out the oddly designed intersection and traffic lights at the crossroads @ the co-op junction and ease the already long waits a busy times? or is it NOT their problem? knock down all the area? a flyover? an extra 500 or 600 cars PLUS, using the congested areas will make life here really unpleasant, and the resulting emissions from the increased slow & stationary traffic affecting the daily lives of all of us living here, from the primary school on the new emission filled route which has MORE than its share of problems with parents parking "for just a few minutes" parking where ever whilst dropping of their small children, and then the older school children at MVC, crossing the busy roads with more cars than we have at the moment, remember we have 2 large worksites, sadly it will be a small town rather than a village, with increasingly poor amenities. WHY can they not build closer to home say where the directors of "undurance" homes live?

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    Paul Atkinson

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

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