Housing site opposed by Parish Council
Another new housing estate has been proposed in the village, but it has already met with opposition from the Parish Council.
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 – a section of land between Larkfleet’s Thorney Meadows estate and the approved Park Farm development – 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 has 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 autumn 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 considered the suitability of the new site at its July meeting and voted to reject it on the following grounds:
- It is in the high-flood-risk zone.
- The site is best retained as greenfield, agricultural land.
- The quota for new housing in the village has more than adequately been met.
- Existing infrastructure is not capable of meeting the demands of additional development. There is insufficient water pressure at the new Woburn Drive development and, in particular, a concern that the village school may not have sufficient capacity.
The Parish Council said if further development in the village was needed in the future, they would support the site between Whittlesey Road and the Larkfleet estate, which the city council has previously rejected.
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.