Residents hit out at plans for hundreds of new homes in village

An overview of the proposed development site.

An overview of the proposed development site. - Credit: Archant

Fears over increased traffic and pressure on schools and the doctor’s surgery have been raised by residents who are opposed to a planned development of more than 200 homes in Warboys.

The planning application, which was submitted by Gladman Developments, is seeking permission for 210 houses in Ramsey Road.

The outline application also seeks permission to include a public open space, a shop and residential car parking.

However, residents in Warboys are objecting to the plans over fears the village will be unable to cope with more new homes.

In consultation with Huntingdonshire District Council, a resident of Jubilee Avenue said: “We are concerned about the number of increased vehicles that the A141 already struggles to cope with.

“At present, there are a number of large HGVs that thunder past Ramsey Road and Jubilee Avenue, which cause a lot of noise disturbance and even physically shake my house.

“Cars can often be seen speeding past and even overtaking before the speed limit change, which is dangerous to pedestrians and other road users.

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“We feel that the proposed slip road does not do enough to help ease this and there is no mention of speed reducing measures nor the possibility of moving the speed limit change to further out of the village.”

The plans include a mixture of properties, with 40 per cent being affordable housing.

Another resident of Jubilee Avenue said: “I do the school run with my grandchildren and there is only limited room in the school car park, so cars get strung out along the road.

“There becomes no space to move now as all the cars bunch up near the start and end of the school day. So, with the addition of even more people trying to get to the same place, the situation would only deteriorate. I understand that the school is full now so how would that work?”

Two new vehicular access points off Ramsey Road have also been proposed for the development.

Gladman Developments said the plan will “provide an area for employment and a site for a local store to serve new and existing residents and to complement the existing facilities within Warboys. The local store will provide suitable car parking spaces and space for deliveries.”

The firm also stated that it is aiming to create “a place that is accessible to everyone, which makes everyone feel comfortable, safe and secure and a place where people want to live”.