Whittlesford Walled Garden - seeking a September deadline for comments on the planning application
The Walled Garden in Whittlesford is an area of land about half a hectare in size and enclosed by a very old wall that is visible along Church Lane and from the churchyard itself. There is now a planning application to develop the site, and the issue will be discussed at the Sept 11 parish council meeting starting at 7.30. The matter will then go to South Cambs District Council for a decision - likely to be no earlier than the October planning meeting, and possibly the November one.
I asked South Cambs if the parish council could have time beyond the original August deadline for its comments to be sent back to the District Council, and that has been agreed. I have also asked South Cambs to grant a similar extension of time so that residents can also put their views in during early Sept. Otherwise it gets confusing if there is one deadline for residents and one for the parish council.
The land is currently designated as being in the Green Belt. Development in the green belt is not completely verboten, but there is a very high bar for any proposal to get over, weighing up the damage to the green belt against the benefits from the development. As far back as 2006 the land was being put forward for inclusion in the village envelope by the owners
and I remember it being discussed at the parish council, which I had just joined. There is no doubt that the walls of the garden are in a sad state and need looking after. Whether the site should be developed will be decided this autumn. The purpose of this blog is to let people know the current state of play re the planning application, not to comment on the application itself.