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Plans for Bottisham retirement village submitted to district planners

Architects have submitted downscaled plans for a retirement village just outside Newmarket.

Axis Land Partnership has submitted outline plans to East Cambridgeshire District Council for the new estate on land behind 163 to 187 High Street in Bottisham.

Last year, it launched a consultation into building 250 homes on the 20-acre site, but the plans have been slightly downscaled in the proposals to the local authority.

Bottisham Retirement Village Plans(30708110)
Bottisham Retirement Village Plans(30708110)

Now the firm is asking for permission to build the care village along with communal health, wellbeing and leisure facilities, public open space, landscaping, and car access.

Axis had proposed that the space will need to cater for up to 170 homes but the number of homes does not yet form part of the planning application.

When plans first went on show in July, residents in High Street, Cedar Walk and Maple Close told the Journal they were concerned about the scale of the development.

Phil Grant, director at Axis Land Partnerships, said the company had listened to nearby householders and council officers, and changed the plans as a result of the feedback.

He said the design had been changed to ensure no buildings would back on to existing houses, some buildings had been removed from the development.retaining mature trees and hedgerows would be retained.

“If plans are adopted, a specialist company would build and manage the new retirement village. Once built it could include a variety of homes with care and support available to suit people’s individual and changing needs over time,” he said.

“It would also have facilities that can be open for the wider community to benefit from, such as wellness facilities and green open space.”

Axis Land Partnerships, which is acting on behalf of landowner David Rayner, does not build properties but seeks to win planning permission for the site.

If it wins approval, it markets the site to a developer and then splits the revenue with the landowner.