CAMBS: Renewed plans for six travellers’ pitches at former Megatron site at Alconbury

Megatron site, Alconbury

Megatron site, Alconbury - Credit: Archant

RENEWED plans have been submitted for a travellers’ site at the former Megatron land at Alconbury.

The Ermine Street plot has been empty since the former flying saucer building was demolished in 2008. An application for six gypsy/traveller pitches was refused last year by Huntingdonshire District Council on the grounds of concerns about noise from the A1(M)/A14. The applicant – Paul Lang – has returned with revised plans drawn up with the help of sound specialists who have suggested a layout that would move the residential areas into the centre of the land and place a 1.5m-high acoustic screen around the boundaries. However, the plans will again face opposition.

Steve Thorogood, managing director of Admiral Homespace, based next door, has submitted to HDC his company’s objections. He said Admiral had originally had to fight to get planning permission to build his show centre.

“It will be interesting to see how the planning department will view the provision of a gypsy site when records show that they historically refused permission for an award-winning business seeking to employ local people to occupy the site right next door,” he said.