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Concerns new estate could push Isleham to breaking point sees 110 homes plan rejected




Concerns that 110 new homes would push a village to breaking point led councillors to throw out plans for a new estate.

Members of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee had been asked to approve outline plans for up to 110 houses in Isleham’s Station Road.

Agent Paul Lowland said the proposals for the site had been scaled back by developers Gladman and Christopher Harvey but Isleham Parish Council chairman, Cllr Richard Radcliffe, said it was ‘speculative development’.

Concerns that 110 new homes would push a village to breaking point led councillors to throw out plans for a new estate.
Concerns that 110 new homes would push a village to breaking point led councillors to throw out plans for a new estate.

During the 88-minute debate, committee members questioned Isleham’s suitability for new builds.

“I’m getting really concerned about what we are doing to Isleham,” said Cllr David Brown.

“We seem to be going to Isleham every planning committee talking about a huge amount of development and this is one over the top. We, I genuinely believe, are making Isleham unsustainable.”

And Cllr John Trapp branded the proposals as a ‘step too far’.

“It’s pushing the village out towards open countryside,” he said.

He said Isleham didn’t have sufficient infrastructure for new development and said the estate would harm its character, was not in keeping with the village, and would result in a negative cumulative impact.

Members backed him, rejecting the proposals by seven votes to four.