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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Local MP set to block 'Garden Village' sites to keep Castor and Ailworth residents happy...





Conservative MP Shailesh Vara has come out against three potential garden village sites on land to the north of the A47 at Castor and Ailsworth.  The land owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has been on Peterborough City Councils development radar for decades, in the days when the council was not looking at a massive debt balance but still able to boost councillors allowances.. Previous plans were shelved in favour of the Hampton developments.


Despite several service slashing budget cutbacks, the council now claims the relevant sites are now being reconsidered with Peterborough City Council recommending them for development in its Local Plan to 2036.  There is of course no guarantee that when the time comes, the plans may be actioned or simply shelved again.


Mr Vara says It is believed that the HCA proposes to build three separate garden villages on the sites providing much needed housing stock of some 2500 homes; a significant proportion of the 3600 new homes required by the Council in this Local Plan.


The HCA would also retain further land to the west towards Upton which would be developed at a later date. In the finish there could be some 5000 new and much needed homes in the area by the end of the development.

Sadly the impossible pipe dream of a City university occupying part of the site and possibly a new country park separating the villages of Castor and Ailsworth from the proposed development.

Shaleish Vara along with local landowners, parish councils and residents is strongly opposing the proposals which some parties think will have a negative impact on the countryside and will set a precedent for significant further housing development to the west of Peterborough. However due to decades of undersupply, and the dire and very urgent need for new housing stock, clearly should be the priority, rather than hark back to a previous era when populations were manageable!  


Mr Vara apparently keen to preserve some villages in aspic said: “People move into villages because they want to live in villages. They want a certain way of life away from the hustle and bustle of busy cities and to enjoy more peaceful surroundings.

The garden villages of Great Kyne could be enormous. They will be significantly bigger than all the local villages combined and will inevitably have negative impacts on Ailsworth, Castor, Upton and Sutton.

I appreciate that the Council has housing targets to meet but these developments (to my mind) will be completely out of keeping with the local area and will set a dangerous precedent for further development in the open countryside.

I will be working with local councillors, parish councils and residents to strongly oppose these plans.”



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