Former village dairy could be set for housing development

The plans have been submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council

The plans have been submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council - Credit: Archant

A housing company has put forward a proposal for dozens of new homes on the site of a former dairy.

Morris Homes has applied to Huntingdonshire District Council for permission to build up to 85, three, four and five-bedroom houses on the old Dairy Crest site, in Cambridge Road, Fenstanton.

In the plans, the company says that space will also be set aside for industrial use and community use.

There is not expected to be any affordable housing provided on site, however, as Morris Homes says it has applied to the district council for “vacant building credit”.

In an application to the district council, the company said: “Development will bring forward a range of high quality housing including a mix of sizes and tenures.

The housing mix reflects the accommodation needs of different people, cultures and age groups to achieve a mixed, balanced and cohesive community to enhance the community of Fenstanton.”

The developer added that discussions had started with the Fenstanton Village Hall Trust about the possibility of setting aside land for a new hall. The village has been without a hall for more than 10 years.

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The decision to close the dairy plant was made in 2012, with production and transport gradually phased out until operations came to a halt in early 2013. Almost 250 jobs were lost.

There had been a dairy on the site for more 30 years.

At the time, Huntingdonshire district councillors announced that they would be pushing for the site to retain employment, potentially as part of a mixed-use development.

As such, council officers and representatives from Dairy Crest put together a ‘planning and development brief’ outlining options for the future of the site.

To view the plans, or to have a say, visit