Sand Road, Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire

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Planning Permission Granted - April 2019

Catesby Estates is pleased to announce planning permission has been granted for 40 houses on a 4.5 acre greenfield site off Sand Road in Great Gransden by Huntingdonshire District Council.

Since 2011 only 7 new homes have been granted planning permission in Great Gransden, with the average price of a home being £540,350, which is almost double the UK average.

The site will deliver 40% affordable housing together with new public open space and a series of highway improvements to the wider area.  Including footpath links and increased junction visibility helping ensure the safety of children walking to and from the local school.

A housebuilder is expected to be onsite early next year with first residents taking occupation late 2020/early 2021.

About The Site

This is a sensitively designed housing scheme for Great Gransden, tailored to fit the character of the village and surrounding landscape. The proposal will deliver much needed affordable and market housing which will help support local services and ensure the village continues to grow and thrive.

The 4.5 acre site is located on the eastern edge of Great Gransden to the south of Sand Road and is currently used for grazing, with its boundaries defined by hedgerows, trees and fencing.

This site is in a sustainable location with t a range of village facilities within walking distance including; Barnabas Oley C of E Primary School, Doctors Surgery, Gransden Food & Wine and Post Office, Village Hall, St Bartholomew’s Church, The Crown & Cushion Pub and sports ground.

There are a variety of employment sites available within Great Gransden including the Sand Road Industrial Estate and employment units along both Caxton Road and Hardwick Road.

Great Gransden Need For Homes

  • A New Homes Bonus (NHB) payable in the region of £64,882 (County) to £259,528 (District).
  • Council Tax payments of approximately £652,750 over 10 years.
  • Estimated Construction Value of £3.36 million.
  • Support approximately 100 FTE construction jobs.
  • Provision of 40% affordable housing (16 dwellings) 
  • The proposals include two and three bed affordable dwellings to help meet the recognised shortage within the district.
  • The hedge on East Street/Sand Road will remain. The hedge has not been maintained and will be trimmed back to allow the existing footpath to be fully utilised and extended.

An Independent Road Safety Review Concluded:

  • Vehicle speeds along the priority route are low and not likely to increase due to the current alignment of the highway.
  • With no reported personal injury collisions in the 15 year study period and a forecasted increase in traffic flows of only 15 vehicles in the AM peak it is unlikely this would contribute to an increase in collisions.
  • Visibility from Sand Road in the primary direction is compromised by the hedge row on the north side of East Street. Trimming of the hedgerow as proposed by the improvement scheme this will improve the visibility splay.
  • As with many sites where visibility is reduced drivers tend to take more care when negotiating the junctions.
  • It is concluded that the effect of the development on highway safety at the staggered crossroads is very low risk.

Residential Development In Great Gransden

The currently adopted Huntingdonshire Local Plan pre-dates the NPPF, and its policies were never intended to address the District’s full housing needs. Its policies and the development boundaries identified for individual settlements are therefore no longer fully up to date or consistent with the NPPF in terms of its aims for housing, and as such these policies carry reduced weight.

The New Local Plan to 2036 proposes that a quarter of the District’s housing requirement will be built in the ‘Small Settlements’ such as Great Gransden. The Sustainability Appraisal for the new Local Plan states that appropriate housing growth in the ‘Small Settlements’:

“Provides additional support for the rural economy and will be beneficial in supporting inward investment, providing affordable housing and potentially offering opportunities to ‘down-size’ within a resident’s existing community”.

With average household sizes declining, the population to support services and facilities in rural settlements will decrease over the Plan period. This is the case in Great Gransden which has experienced a slower rate of household growth compared to the district (5.7% compared to 9.9%).

There has been more pronounced growth in the proportion of retirement aged households in the parish compared to the district (39.2% compared to 13.4%). Conversely, there has been a decrease in infants aged 0-5 (-15%) and the middle aged between 25-44 years (-51%). This imbalance within the population profile presents a challenge to the sustainability and vitality of the parish, with a declining rate of people of working age and an increasing number of those at a retirement age.

The new Local Plan seeks to address this imbalance by increasing the choice and variety of new homes in the ‘Small Settlements’ thus providing the opportunity for more families and young people to remain within or move into the community and allowing older people to downsize.

Planning Permission Granted - April 2019

Catesby Estates is pleased to announce planning permission has been granted for 40 houses on a 4.5 acre greenfield site off Sand Road in Great Gransden by Huntingdonshire District Council.

Since 2011 only 7 new homes have been granted planning permission in Great Gransden, with the average price of a home being £540,350, which is almost double the UK average.

The site will deliver 40% affordable housing together with new public open space and a series of highway improvements to the wider area.  Including footpath links and increased junction visibility helping ensure the safety of children walking to and from the local school.

A housebuilder is expected to be onsite early next year with first residents taking occupation late 2020/early 2021.

About The Site

This is a sensitively designed housing scheme for Great Gransden, tailored to fit the character of the village and surrounding landscape. The proposal will deliver much needed affordable and market housing which will help support local services and ensure the village continues to grow and thrive.

The 4.5 acre site is located on the eastern edge of Great Gransden to the south of Sand Road and is currently used for grazing, with its boundaries defined by hedgerows, trees and fencing.

This site is in a sustainable location with t a range of village facilities within walking distance including; Barnabas Oley C of E Primary School, Doctors Surgery, Gransden Food & Wine and Post Office, Village Hall, St Bartholomew’s Church, The Crown & Cushion Pub and sports ground.

There are a variety of employment sites available within Great Gransden including the Sand Road Industrial Estate and employment units along both Caxton Road and Hardwick Road.

Great Gransden Need For Homes

  • A New Homes Bonus (NHB) payable in the region of £64,882 (County) to £259,528 (District).
  • Council Tax payments of approximately £652,750 over 10 years.
  • Estimated Construction Value of £3.36 million.
  • Support approximately 100 FTE construction jobs.
  • Provision of 40% affordable housing (16 dwellings) 
  • The proposals include two and three bed affordable dwellings to help meet the recognised shortage within the district.
  • The hedge on East Street/Sand Road will remain. The hedge has not been maintained and will be trimmed back to allow the existing footpath to be fully utilised and extended.

An Independent Road Safety Review Concluded:

  • Vehicle speeds along the priority route are low and not likely to increase due to the current alignment of the highway.
  • With no reported personal injury collisions in the 15 year study period and a forecasted increase in traffic flows of only 15 vehicles in the AM peak it is unlikely this would contribute to an increase in collisions.
  • Visibility from Sand Road in the primary direction is compromised by the hedge row on the north side of East Street. Trimming of the hedgerow as proposed by the improvement scheme this will improve the visibility splay.
  • As with many sites where visibility is reduced drivers tend to take more care when negotiating the junctions.
  • It is concluded that the effect of the development on highway safety at the staggered crossroads is very low risk.

Residential Development In Great Gransden

The currently adopted Huntingdonshire Local Plan pre-dates the NPPF, and its policies were never intended to address the District’s full housing needs. Its policies and the development boundaries identified for individual settlements are therefore no longer fully up to date or consistent with the NPPF in terms of its aims for housing, and as such these policies carry reduced weight.

The New Local Plan to 2036 proposes that a quarter of the District’s housing requirement will be built in the ‘Small Settlements’ such as Great Gransden. The Sustainability Appraisal for the new Local Plan states that appropriate housing growth in the ‘Small Settlements’:

“Provides additional support for the rural economy and will be beneficial in supporting inward investment, providing affordable housing and potentially offering opportunities to ‘down-size’ within a resident’s existing community”.

With average household sizes declining, the population to support services and facilities in rural settlements will decrease over the Plan period. This is the case in Great Gransden which has experienced a slower rate of household growth compared to the district (5.7% compared to 9.9%).

There has been more pronounced growth in the proportion of retirement aged households in the parish compared to the district (39.2% compared to 13.4%). Conversely, there has been a decrease in infants aged 0-5 (-15%) and the middle aged between 25-44 years (-51%). This imbalance within the population profile presents a challenge to the sustainability and vitality of the parish, with a declining rate of people of working age and an increasing number of those at a retirement age.

The new Local Plan seeks to address this imbalance by increasing the choice and variety of new homes in the ‘Small Settlements’ thus providing the opportunity for more families and young people to remain within or move into the community and allowing older people to downsize.

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