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/