Fears over flooding as new homes plan is unveiled

The site where the houses are proposed to be

The site where the houses are proposed to be - Credit: Archant

A public consultation has been launched on plans for more than 100 new homes in Alconbury.

The proposal, which is being managed by planning consultants Deloitte Real Estate, could see 115 homes and a children’s play area built near School Lane.

The site is located north of Alconbury and west of the A1.

The land within the application site is owned by the Church of Commissioners for England and is made up of an agricultural field surrounded by open land.

Residents attended the consultation, which was held on July 9 at Alconbury Sports and Social Club, and raised concerns over the pressure that the housing would place on traffic, school places and flooding in the area.

Tom MacLennan, Alconbury resident and former Huntingdon parliamentary candidate, said: “A lack of intense farming means the field is of great importance to local wildlife; with many birds of prey using it to find uncontaminated food. Kestrels, buzzards and kites have all been seen there in recent days.

“Houses built at the top of this hill will dominate village and the flooding risk to the village from covering this slope with concrete cannot be overstated. We have been blocked in the village at multiple points in this year alone and the risk to other properties being inundated is too great to ignore.”

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Mr MacLennan said that none of the resident he spoke to at the event were in favour of the development and he called for Deloitte to hold another consultation to give more residents a chance to view the proposal.

New vehicle access via Church Lane and a pedestrian and cycle link are also set to be considered in the plans.

The land slopes down towards the built up area of the village and the planning consultants say the development will be of a relatively low density, and concentrated on the lowest parts of the site, with substantial planting to the northern and western boundaries to minimise the visual impact.

Deloitte Real Estate has said it will review consultation comments, and aim to submit a planning application to Huntingdonshire District Council by August.

If the development is successful, it is predicted that building work would begin at the site in the spring of 2020.

Deloitte Real Estate also held a public consultation earlier in the month for 390 houses to be built in Buckden.