01:02 PM April 9, 2022
A three-bed house in Whittlesey is vacant and neighbors are preparing for its demolition to create access to 19 houses on a tight paddock behind it.
The application was met with massive opposition when submitted, but Fenland Council believes the “character of the area” can be saved.
Permission was given in 2019 for the demolition of 158 Stonald Road by the planning committee.
A resident who moved in after being cleared said he was alarmed to find a nearby house was to be demolished.
But in a social media forum, others told him it was “no surprise” as they all knew.
At the time, council had received 25 objection letters from 21 neighbours.
Many have complained about noise, impact on the area, overdevelopment, lack of consultation, and many other issues.
Some wanted access from Harvester Road which would not have required demolition of the house.
However, there were objections to this proposal from the county freeways – and the city council supported the proposed access.
Matt Taylor, who presented the application to advisers on behalf of RWS Ltd, explained that 19 houses, mostly semi-detached, could fit into the site.
He said the upper part of the site which falls into flood zone 3 will be left as open space.
Access is via Stonald Road and the majority of neighborhood comments have suggested that access could be taken via Harvester Way.
Mr Taylor said Whittlesey City Council had no objections to the proposal and stressed their preferred access would be off Stonald Road.
He said meetings had been held with the Internal Drainage Board and the local flood authority and they had seen and approved the indicative design.
Planning officers confirmed that drainage/flooding assessments had “overcome the objections of those consulted” at the 3.2-acre site.
‘It is considered that demand is capable of being met, safeguarding both the character of the area and of nearby residential amenities,’ Fenland planning officers concluded.
Highways told the council there had been no recorded injury crashes in the previous five years at the proposed junction intersection with Stonald Road.
“Which suggests there is no highway safety issue that would be exacerbated by this development,” an official told Fenland planners.