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.
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.
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.
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