Monthly Archives: July 2017

More village land put forward for housing

Housing site

Another new housing estate has been proposed in the village.

Fields between the windmill and the bypass have been suggested to Peterborough City Council as suitable for building 115 new homes.

This followed four tranches of land in and around the village being suggested last year. Of those, only one has been accepted as suitable.

The city council had asked landowners to put forward development land in the area as part of its Draft Local Plan, which aims to meet Peterborough’s housing and employment needs through to 2036.

The first set of suggestions have all been assessed, but more came through during the summer, along with a number of sites with revised proposals. These will be assessed before November and the final Local Plan will be adopted in autum 2018.

Currently farmland, the new site in Thorney comprises 6.16 hectares and it is suggested that 115 houses could be built there. The land includes a section between the windmill and old garden centre, which could be used as access onto The Causeway. Its eastern border adjoins gardens of houses in Chestnut Drive, Ash Close and Berberis Close.

Thorney Parish council objected to two of the four sites proposed last year on the grounds they were on low-lying land to the north and east of the village that was high flood risk. This latest land falls into the same category and may well be rejected on that basis.

The parish council also feels that with planning permission already approved for around 150 unbuilt homes, the village is near to the total number of new houses it can reasonably accommodate.

There are some very big new sites submitted in other parts of the city. One near Castor proposes 2,500 dwellings. There are two sites in Newborough and a couple in Eye.


Villagers concerned about holiday lodges at golf club

Thorney Lakes Lodges

Villagers are concerned that the new owners of Thorney Lakes Golf Club may be planning to build a number of holiday lodges without securing planning permission.

Some work at the club on English Drove started in June, although no application for planning permission had been made to Peterborough City Council.

The Thorney Lakes website has pictures of the lodges to be built, along with a sales hotline.

Peterborough City Council planning officers visited the site on June 14 and found workers laying hardcore.

Thorney Parish Council, responding to concerns by local residents, had asked city council planners to put a “stop notice” on the developer to prevent any further work taking place.

The city council made a follow-up visit to the site on June 28 and said that no further work had taken place and, in view of this there is no justification at this stage for serving a “stop notice”.

Tony Whittle, compliance officer at the city council planning department said: “I will continue to monitor the site and if works do recommence without the submission of an application I will seek authorisation to serve an Enforcement/Stop Notice.”

When the Thorney Post called the sales number quoted on the golf club website, we were told lodges would be available to buy soon and a show site was to be built.

We asked how many would be built we were told that depended on planning permission and when we asked where they would be, we were told we could visit the site and see the bases being laid for the first lodges.

The sales office told us the lodges were not residential and would be for leisure use only. There would be two-bedroom lodges retailing at around £150,000 and some with one bedroom at a later stage around the £100,000 mark.

Thorney Golf Course is owned by Neil Morgan, who owns a number of leisure facilities, including Tallington Lakes.

We have asked Mr Morgan for an interview or a statement and he has said he does not wish to comment.


Perfume warning

People who bought perfume from a car boot sale at Wellington Street, Peterborough, are being warned it could harm their skin.

The perfumes include Chanel, Kenzo, Hugo Boss and Dior and were found to be counterfeit. They were being sold as 30 to 40ml demonstrators or testers.

Peterborough Trading Standards say they have been found to contain high levels of methanol and can damage the skin.

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