Greenfield fears over developer’s housing bid

The proposed site in Bury

The proposed site in Bury - Credit: Archant

Residents have objected to plans for up to 100 new houses in Bury.

According to the planning agent, Morrons Planning, the homes could be built in Upwood Road along with open space and a play facility.

The development will feature one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, with Morrons saying some 40 per cent of the properties will be affordable.

However, residents have objected to the development, saying the homes shouldn’t be built on greenfield land and that an alternative, brownfield site should be found for the development.

In consultation with Huntingdonshire District Council, a resident of Taverners Drive, in Ramsey, said: “I fully accept the need for more housing, but these homes must be in the appropriate place, on appropriate land, at the appropriate price, i.e much-needed social, along with affordable housing.”

There will be new vehicular access to the site as well as pedestrian links through the housing site included in the plan. The dwellings will be two storey properties which will include solar panels on all houses and 184 parking spaces.

Another resident, from Redebourn Lane, in Bury, said: “I wish to strongly object to this development of 100 dwellings which I believe are contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework, and the insensitive location, design and layout of the proposed plans.

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“There are already additional developments approved within the area to provide and address the needs for additional housing, one such location being just a few hundred metres up the road from the proposed site.

“I find it highly questionable as to why another site would be considered when there is no ability to evaluate the impact on the local area of what has previously been approved. It is also surprising that the selected site of the proposal is on a greenfield area and not available brownfield locations within the local vicinity.”

In its planning statement, Morrons noted: “The proposal will provide a good mix of houses and will help to meet the needs of families looking to upsize, first time buyers and the elderly. The proposal would make provision for policy compliant levels of affordable housing to assist meeting the needs of local people in the area alongside any other required contributions towards healthcare, education and community facilities.”

To find out more about the application, visit the district council’s planning portal at