Plans for up to 1,000 homes in Stukeley submitted

HEADQUARTERS: Huntingdonshire District Council's Pathfinder House

HEADQUARTERS: Huntingdonshire District Council's Pathfinder House - Credit: Archant

An outline planning application has been submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council for up to 1,000 homes to be built in Stukeley.

The proposal, which has been submitted by Bloor Homes, could see the new homes built on land off Ermine Street.

The development will feature two, three and four-bedroom homes, with Bloor saying some 40 per cent will be affordable.

It will also include a range of public open space and landscaping, such as a play space, a community centre that will include retail areas, and a primary school.

Two new access points for the development are proposed, the first off Ermine Street to the sites eastern boundary, and the second from the A141 that runs along the southern boundary.

There has also been a proposal for a new foot and cycle link to be part of the scheme to link to the development.

The application has come after a public consultation was held at Great Stukeley Village Hall on July 9.

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At the consultation, neighbours raised concerns about the growth of the town, and the amount of traffic that the application could bring.

Residents also aired their worries relating to the application by placing posters around the village to urge people to oppose the plans.

A resident of Park View Great Stukeley commented on the application saying: “With the possible two cars per household this gives around 2000 cars to exit/entrance the site twice a day. These two roads are already very busy roads and can not take more traffic and the likely hood of accidents is great.

“Would it not be more sensible to have an entrance from what is now the A14 soon to be a B road and distribute the traffic flow to and from the site in another direction. It would also be a better entrance for emergency vehicles.”

The design and access statement provided by Pegasus Urban Deign on behalf of the planning agents says: “The local centre and primary school are located at the junction to Ermine Street fronting the proposed residential scheme to the north. This will provide for a range of facilities that includes: food and drink retail; shop floorspace; and social and community facilities.”

If the plan is approved, Bloor Homes says it will aim to start construction by summer 2020.

The application will now be viewed by the development management committee where the district council will make the final decision on the proposal.