More than 200 Warboys residents fear development will be a danger to road safety

Residents from Farriers Way, Warboys, who are against building on adjecent fields,

Residents from Farriers Way, Warboys, who are against building on adjecent fields, - Credit: Archant

Plans to build on ground south of Farriers Way and Bencroft Lane in Warboys have been put forward to Huntingdonshire District Council by the field’s owner John Stokes.

But those that live in the surrounding areas are concerned about the increase in traffic and a strain on amenities.

Resident Mandi Holland from Bencroft Lane, Warboys said: “We are hoping that the council will take into account the road safety issues if these houses were to be built.”

More than 200 residents have joined forces against the size of development to carry out traffic surveys, petitions and focus groups on how it can be altered.

“The forecast from our traffic survey is for around 820 movements a day through there if it goes ahead,” added Ms Holland.

In a 238 page survey carried out by MTC Engineering on behalf of Mr Stokes it was estimated that there will only be 38 departures during morning peak times and 40 arrivals in the evening by car from the estate.

Currently the only access point to the new development would be through the cul-de-sac of Farriers Way which would mean that they cars would exit to the main road through Forge Way.

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Sue Wakeham, who lives in Farriers Way, said: “The junction at the end of the road onto the High Street is dangerous now and it could get even worse with more cars.”

Many also fear that with the increase in traffic it would heighten the risk for bike users that use the roads due to the lack of cycleways in the village.

The group have also expressed their concerns that the doctors surgery and the parish school would not be able to cope with the increase in demand.

According to the residents group Mr Stokes has been aiming to get planning permission to build on the land for the past 10 years.

“The village does not oppose small well considered developments but 90 houses with no infrastructure to support it then the village would struggle,” added Mrs Wakeham

The application that has currently received 84 comments on the district council’s planning portal.

It is set to be discussed at the next meeting of the development management panel on September 21.