Category Archives: Housing developments

Three-quarters of homes on new estate already sold

2017-03-24 11.34.06

Almost three-quarters of the homes on the new Thorney Meadows estate have been sold.

Adrian Evans, group managing director of the developers Larkfleet Homes, told the Thorney Post that the homes had sold incredibly quickly.

“I think it is a combination of things – the site location, the design of the houses and the village itself.

“Thorney is a very desirable location, a lot of people want to live here,” he said.

Mr Evans was speaking at the official opening of a showhouse on the new estate (pictured), which will be open seven days a week 10am to 5pm.

There are just 25 homes left to sell out of 80 on the estate and 14 homes are already occupied. All homes are timber-framed with gas installed and come with 1kw solar panels installed.

Room for only one more housing estate, city council told

Thorney can only accommodate one new housing development, the Parish Council has told city planners.

It has thrown its weight behind just one of the four developments proposed in Peterborough City Council’s consultation document on new homes in the area.

Two of these were rejected because they lie within land designated as flood plain and a third site – on land between Whittlesey Road and the new Larkfleet estate – has been rejected by the city council because of previous objections raised by English Heritage.

The remaining site is located between the Larkfleet estate and Park Farm, which already has planning permission for housing. It could see another 80 homes added to the village.

The full response of the Parish Council is detailed below:

COMMENTS ON PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL
DRAFT LOCAL PLAN SITE ALLOCATIONS

Four sites have been proposed for residential development in the Parish of Thorney.

Three of these have been rejected by the City Council and one has been placed in the Preferred Site category.

The general view of the Parish Council is that, with the housing development sites that are under construction together with those that already have planning approval, we are probably close to the total number of dwellings that the parish can reasonably accommodate.

This view seems to be supported by the City Council’s opinion that developing more than your single preferred site would constitute over-development of the village. Our comments on each of the proposed sites are as follows:

SITE: THO001H This is rejected by the City Council as it lies within the high risk Flood Plain and we see no reason to contest that view.

SITE: THO002H This site is also rejected by the City Council as it lies within the high risk Flood Plain. Regardless of this we feel that housing in this location would be inappropriate as it would destroy the rural setting of the village. It is also too close to the heavily trafficked Thorney bypass.

SITE: THO003H/Hi When this site was proposed in the previous Site Allocation procedure several years ago, it was rated by the City Council as a Preferred Site. It was English Heritage that raised objections to it and although the independent Inspector did not cite these objections, he objected to it on the grounds of the access road from the Whittlesey Road and the site was rejected. At the time the Parish Council supported development of this site and did not agree with the comments made by English Heritage. We were aware from the developer that the proposals would include a number of grander, detached, up-market dwellings in keeping with the scale and quality of existing properties in the vicinity, and we felt this housing type was needed in the village. It remains a belief that this higher grade of property is still required rather than just the regular scale and density of typical housing development. The City Council have this time rejected the site for exactly the reasons previously put forward by English Heritage. The primary reason being that it is too close to the Conservation Area of the village. As an aside, this site offers the possibility of the construction of a road across the south side of the village linking the Whittlesey Road with the Wisbech Road at the far end of the village. This may be desirable to residents as its advantages would be to reduce the impact of new development traffic through the village on the Wisbech Road and to perhaps change the use of the Woburn Drive access to the new development to emergency vehicles only. If not on this occasion, perhaps this site can be kept under consideration for future development and the other benefits it could bring.

Thorney Plan

Site THO-005 – gets the approval of the Parish Council

SITE: THO005H This site is rated as Preferred by the City Council. It will infill between the housing being built at the end of Woburn Drive and site THO006H which has already been granted Outline Planning Approval. We have no objections to the development of this site other than to raise concerns about the ability of existing infrastructure to accommodate its development with particular reference to drainage and sewerage, but also to the additional demands on the village school and the increase of traffic through the village. In this respect, we would be grateful for sight of the correspondence between yourselves and Anglia Water and the Duke of Bedford School demonstrating that both are able to accommodate the extra demands of this additional site.

SITE: THO006H To our knowledge this site already has Outline Planning Permission.

GENERAL:

  1. Apart from the concerns stated in our comments on Site THO005H we believe that any additional development should bring with it control of traffic speeding through the village in the form of re-instating the speed cameras that at one time were in place along the Wisbech Road.
  2. We also feel strongly that the overall amount of new development in the parish, including Preferred Site THO005H, demands that greater concern is shown by the City Council toward the provision of facilities for the youth of the village. This is already less than adequate and in need of urgent review and improvement. We believe that in authorising development sites and approving planning applications the City Council has an obligation to make provision for matters resulting from their decisions, a major one of which will be the increase in the number of youths in the Parish and the need to provide appropriate facilities for them.

Work to start soon on Woburn Drive housing development

Larkfleet

Work is expected to start on the new housing development off Woburn Drive in March or April this year.

A spokesman for developer Larkfleet Homes said the company did not get the approval of final planning details as quickly as they expected and the purchase of the site was delayed.

However, the sale went through last week. The company says it will now focus on the discharge of the remaining planning conditions and expects to commence work in March or April.

Thorney Parish Council has asked about access following concern over increased traffic using Woburn Drive and Larkfleet has confirmed it will be using this route.

Details of Sandpit Road homes announced

Developers have released the design and access statement relating to the new housing development planned for Sandpit Road.

The statement sets out how many homes will be built, the general plan of the estate and also access and landscaping plans.

They have not yet applied for planning permission and at that stage, more detailed plans will be submitted.

You can read the full document here.

New link road ruled out by city council

Peterborough City Council planners have ruled out a new road to link proposed housing developments in Thorney.

The Parish Council had written to city planners to ask for their support for a new road from Wisbech Road at the eastern end of the village, running along the southern edge of Thorney.

This would have linked housing estates planned at Sandpit Road and Woburn Drive. If it was continued to join Whittlesey Road, it would also open up fields behind Thorney Park for potential housing.

The decision is bad news for residents of Woburn Drive. This road will now be the only access to an estate of 80 homes.

Janet Maclennan, senior development management officer at the city council, told the parish council that it was now too late to insist on a change of access point as planning permission had already been granted for access via Woburn Drive.

“I acknowledge that the Parish Council raised concerns regarding the use of Woburn Drive at the outline planning stage. However, it was considered by officers of the Local Highways Authority that Woburn Drive did have capacity to accommodate the additional traffic resulting from the housing development.”

The development at Woburn Drive by Larkfleet Homes is expected to start at the end of this year.

A planning application for the Sandpit Road development has not yet been submitted, but is expected soon. Proposals put before the village for consultation, included a new link road from Wisbech Road, so Sandpit Road would not have to take additional traffic.

See our earlier story on this issue: http://thorneypost.com/news/parish-council-would-like-housing-developments-to-be-linked-by-new-road/