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Bottisham could become home to 250-house 'retirement village'

Bottisham development site (10809502)
Bottisham development site (10809502)

Architects are drawing up plans to build a 250-home ‘retirement village’ in Bottisham.

On Friday it was revealed that Axis Land Partnerships is preparing to ask for permission to build a 20-acre estate on land just behind 163 to 187 High Street.

The Hemel Hempstead-based company has commissioned architecture firm LDA Design to draw up the proposals to build up to 250 homes, including a mix of independent living, semi-assisted and extra-care retirement homes, new open space and landscaping, and communal heath and wellbeing facilities.

An Axis Land company spokesman said the new estate could create up to 100 new jobs in the village.

The land where the estate is set to be built is currently farmland, with the south and west of the site bordered by the village.

The ‘retirement village’ would also be next to the Hilton Park Care Home, which is to the east of where the site could be.

Despite plans being at a preliminary stage and East Cambridgeshire District Council having not yet received outline drawings for the site, the authority has been contacted by the developer to ask if it needs to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Spencer Powell, senior consultant at LDA Design, said ‘given the size of the site and type and scale of the proposed development, we do not expect any significant environmental impacts to occur’.

In a letter to the district’s planning department, he said the design of the new development would not impact on the historic Grade II listed Bottisham House and would not damage nearby heritage sites.

He also said because of the proposed use of the new development it was unlikely it would create a significant number of car journeys –and that a bus stop was within walking distance from the ‘retirement village’ if pensioners would like to go to Newmarket or Cambridge.

The developer’s spokesman said there was no target date for final plans to be submitted to the council, but if the site was taken further there would be a public consultation.

Axis Land Partnerships is a national company which is part of the McAlpine Group of companies.

The company works with landowners to obtain planning permission for land and then markets and sells the site to another developer who then builds the site. Once the sale has completed the company splits the revenue from the sale.