The proposed housing development at the Teversham Road site (known locally as Fulbourn Fields) has long been controversial. The flood risks for one. Insufficient affordable homes for another.
It’s just the sort of issue that should be discussed as part of an election campaign. Not a word on this topic during the campaign. And we could be forgiven for thinking this matter had gone away given that the deadline for further changes passed in October 2019.
Imagine my surprise to receive a letter from South Cambs District one week after the local elections are over inviting me to comment on a revised planning application for Fulbourn Fields.
Could be a coincidence. But I have to say, I don’t believe in coincidences.
The standard legal period for responding to a planning application is 21 days but somehow by the time the letter dropped through my letterbox, only 10 days are left. Illegal and utterly unacceptable. Sadly, I am aware from other developments allowed in the last two years by South Cambs District Council that this is not uncommon.
The Lib Dems, who run South Cambs District Council, keep telling us how proud they are of having a policy of a minimum of 40% affordable housing on any new development. I’ve yet to see one that comes anywhere near to this. Fulbourn Fields is no exception with only three-quarters of the target achieved. And what’s more, the affordable houses are mostly 1 or 2 bed properties and located in the least desirable part of the plot.
For anyone who wants to find out what’s being proposed the planning reference number is: S/3290/19/RM and can be viewed here: https://applications.greatercambridgeplanning.org/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage
For my part, I will be objecting for all the reasons I’ve set out in this blog. And further, I’ll be asking some serious questions of our District Councillors. I hope that they will be fighting on our behalf to address this apparent flouting of planning laws, most obviously the allowed revision of the plan way out of time, the failure to give sufficient time for response and the breach of the requirement for 40% affordable housing that is so desperately needed. All of these breaches appear to have been allowed with the approval of the Liberal Democrat-run South Cambs District Council who are trying to railroad us into allowing this unsuitable development.
by Tim Andrews, the Fulbourn Fenman