Wellington Gardens, Off Main Street, Witchford, Cambridgeshire

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SITE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2020

We have resubmitted our outline planning application for Wellington Gardens, Witchford to East Cambridgeshire District Council . 

There are no changes to our proposals, however the application does include additional new information which will resolve the original reasons for refusal. 

The application is currently awaiting registration, and once registered it will be available to view at: https://pa.eastcambs.gov.uk/online-applications/.

East Cambridgeshire District Council will carry out a formal consultation on the proposals with local residents. We will respond to any comments made during the application determination period.

You can use the HAVE YOUR SAY button at the top of the page to submit your comments to us, or alternatively call 01926 836910 or email info@catesbyestates.co.uk.

Our proposals include:

  • Up to 44 new homes.
  • Policy compliant 30% affordable homes.
  • Provision of a well-balanced mix of housing which will help to address the current balance in the housing stock, and meet the current and future housing needs of the district including smaller 1 and 2 bed properties.
  • Existing hedgerows and trees will be supplemented with landscape buffers to retain the rural character as well as providing a haven for local wildlife. An additional 2m buffer is to be provided along Dunham’s Lane following discussions with Witchford Parish Council.
  • Provision of a new cycle route and footpaths across the site to connect the existing footpaths along Dunham’s Lane and Granny’s End Road.
  • The housing layout has been arranged to respect the boundary lines of the existing properties following consultation.
  • A 3m bund and fence is proposed for the northern edge of the site, and homes located in this location will be carefully planned to protect resident’s amenity from noise.

ABOUT THE SITE

Catesby Estates has been promoting new homes on land north of Main Road in Witchford.  Our sensitively designed proposals for Wellington Gardens has been tailored to fit the character of the local area and surrounding landscape, whilst providing an increased range of new homes for local residents.  There will be increased connectivity to the existing footpath and byway which borders the site benefiting hikers and dog walkers.

Buildings would be orientated to frame key spaces, provide safe environments, and be in keeping with their surroundings.  There would be a range of new homes across a range of sizes and styles, including 30% affordable housing to enable more young families and first-time buyers struggling to get onto the housing ladder find a home within their financial means.

Our masterplan will show 44 homes in a range of sizes representing a net density in the early 30’s (dwellings per hectare - dph).  The homes will be two-storey with potential use of roof space for an additional accommodation level (2.5 storey) to create a varied roofscape across the site.

Main access to the site is from Main Street, which leads to an entrance space with local play area.  A hierarchy of streets creates a legible residential environment, including main and secondary streets, shared surface areas, and loops within development parcels, creating a highly accessible environment.

Existing hedges and trees to the boundaries are retained within public open space or strategic landscape belts and are supplemented by new structural boundary planting. New structural planting has been proposed to strengthen the northern boundary to the A142.  There will be retained orchard planting within public open space.

The site is suitable for housing development:

  • Can be developed immediately
  • Has no identified environmental constraints preventing development
  • Will deliver new affordable homes which will help to address the significant unmet needs of both the parish and the district
  • Highly sustainable and is within walking distance to local services and facilities
  • Provision of a well-balanced mix of housing which will help to address the current balance in the housing stock, and meet the current and future housing needs of the district including smaller 1 and 2 bed properties

PLANNING BACKGROUND

The NPPF provides a national framework for Councils to produce their own Local Plans, which reflect the needs and priorities of their communities, with a strong emphasis on the delivery of sustainable development. 

The adopted East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 sets out the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and policies for the future development of the district. It also identifies land and allocates sites for different types of development, such as housing and employment, to deliver the planned growth for the district to 2031. Witchford is identified as a ‘larger village’ (tier 2) with a good range of services, including schools, post office, church and local pub and therefore considered suitable to accommodate housing growth.

Policy HOU 1: Housing mix states that housing developments of 10 or more dwellings (or allocations where specified) should provide an appropriate mix of dwelling types and sizes that contribute to current and future housing needs as identified in the most recent available evidence relating to the locality.

Policy HOU 2: Housing density sets out that the appropriate density of a scheme will be judged on a site-bysite

basis taking account of:

  • The existing character of the locality and the settlement, and housing densities within the surrounding area.
  • The need to make efficient use of land.
  • The biodiversity of the site and its surroundings and any heritage assets within or adjoining the site.
  • The need to accommodate other uses and residential amenities such as open space and parking areas.
  • Levels of accessibility, particularly by public transport, walking and cycling.
  • The need to ensure that the residential amenity of new and existing dwellings is protected.

Policy HOU 3: Affordable housing provision states that all new open market housing developments which incorporate more than 10 dwellings will be required to make appropriate provision for an element of affordable housing, as follows:

  • A minimum of 30% of the total number of dwellings to be provided will be sought in the north of the district (Including Witchford).
  • The proportion and type of affordable housing will be the subject of negotiation with applicants.
  • The precise mix in terms of tenure and house sizes of affordable housing within a scheme will be determined by local circumstances at the time of planning permission, including housing need, development costs and the availability of subsidy.
  • The affordable housing shall be physically integrated into the open market housing development by using appropriate design methods.

Wellington Gardens will provide new homes across a range of sizes and styles, including 30% affordable housing. Our illustrative masterplan shows 44 homes representing a net density in the early 30’s (dwellings per hectare - dph). 

LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?

The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year. 

The pressure on the housing market is significant with the demand for homes outstripping supply.  An increase in life expectancy, immigration, single person occupancy and the demand for second homes being just some of the contributing factors.

For many first time buyers and young people, house prices are out of reach, with ever increasing deposits and monthly payments reducing the number of owner occupiers.

Witchford is a highly desirable, but expensive place to live, with prices up 34% up on 2015 with the average house price being £318,015 (Rightmove).  Many local people are struggling for the opportunity to get on the housing ladder and find a place they can call home.

Be the first to hear the latest news on our affordable homes by emailing us at info@catesbyestates.co.uk or filling in our HAVE YOUR SAY FORM above.  We are keen to hear from young professionals and key workers who are looking to get on the housing ladder in Witchford.

30% of the new homes delivered at Wellington Gardens in Witchford will be affordable housing.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is a combination of social rented, affordable rent and shared ownership housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

SITE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2020

We have resubmitted our outline planning application for Wellington Gardens, Witchford to East Cambridgeshire District Council . 

There are no changes to our proposals, however the application does include additional new information which will resolve the original reasons for refusal. 

The application is currently awaiting registration, and once registered it will be available to view at: https://pa.eastcambs.gov.uk/online-applications/.

East Cambridgeshire District Council will carry out a formal consultation on the proposals with local residents. We will respond to any comments made during the application determination period.

You can use the HAVE YOUR SAY button at the top of the page to submit your comments to us, or alternatively call 01926 836910 or email info@catesbyestates.co.uk.

Our proposals include:

  • Up to 44 new homes.
  • Policy compliant 30% affordable homes.
  • Provision of a well-balanced mix of housing which will help to address the current balance in the housing stock, and meet the current and future housing needs of the district including smaller 1 and 2 bed properties.
  • Existing hedgerows and trees will be supplemented with landscape buffers to retain the rural character as well as providing a haven for local wildlife. An additional 2m buffer is to be provided along Dunham’s Lane following discussions with Witchford Parish Council.
  • Provision of a new cycle route and footpaths across the site to connect the existing footpaths along Dunham’s Lane and Granny’s End Road.
  • The housing layout has been arranged to respect the boundary lines of the existing properties following consultation.
  • A 3m bund and fence is proposed for the northern edge of the site, and homes located in this location will be carefully planned to protect resident’s amenity from noise.

ABOUT THE SITE

Catesby Estates has been promoting new homes on land north of Main Road in Witchford.  Our sensitively designed proposals for Wellington Gardens has been tailored to fit the character of the local area and surrounding landscape, whilst providing an increased range of new homes for local residents.  There will be increased connectivity to the existing footpath and byway which borders the site benefiting hikers and dog walkers.

Buildings would be orientated to frame key spaces, provide safe environments, and be in keeping with their surroundings.  There would be a range of new homes across a range of sizes and styles, including 30% affordable housing to enable more young families and first-time buyers struggling to get onto the housing ladder find a home within their financial means.

Our masterplan will show 44 homes in a range of sizes representing a net density in the early 30’s (dwellings per hectare - dph).  The homes will be two-storey with potential use of roof space for an additional accommodation level (2.5 storey) to create a varied roofscape across the site.

Main access to the site is from Main Street, which leads to an entrance space with local play area.  A hierarchy of streets creates a legible residential environment, including main and secondary streets, shared surface areas, and loops within development parcels, creating a highly accessible environment.

Existing hedges and trees to the boundaries are retained within public open space or strategic landscape belts and are supplemented by new structural boundary planting. New structural planting has been proposed to strengthen the northern boundary to the A142.  There will be retained orchard planting within public open space.

The site is suitable for housing development:

  • Can be developed immediately
  • Has no identified environmental constraints preventing development
  • Will deliver new affordable homes which will help to address the significant unmet needs of both the parish and the district
  • Highly sustainable and is within walking distance to local services and facilities
  • Provision of a well-balanced mix of housing which will help to address the current balance in the housing stock, and meet the current and future housing needs of the district including smaller 1 and 2 bed properties

PLANNING BACKGROUND

The NPPF provides a national framework for Councils to produce their own Local Plans, which reflect the needs and priorities of their communities, with a strong emphasis on the delivery of sustainable development. 

The adopted East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 sets out the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and policies for the future development of the district. It also identifies land and allocates sites for different types of development, such as housing and employment, to deliver the planned growth for the district to 2031. Witchford is identified as a ‘larger village’ (tier 2) with a good range of services, including schools, post office, church and local pub and therefore considered suitable to accommodate housing growth.

Policy HOU 1: Housing mix states that housing developments of 10 or more dwellings (or allocations where specified) should provide an appropriate mix of dwelling types and sizes that contribute to current and future housing needs as identified in the most recent available evidence relating to the locality.

Policy HOU 2: Housing density sets out that the appropriate density of a scheme will be judged on a site-bysite

basis taking account of:

  • The existing character of the locality and the settlement, and housing densities within the surrounding area.
  • The need to make efficient use of land.
  • The biodiversity of the site and its surroundings and any heritage assets within or adjoining the site.
  • The need to accommodate other uses and residential amenities such as open space and parking areas.
  • Levels of accessibility, particularly by public transport, walking and cycling.
  • The need to ensure that the residential amenity of new and existing dwellings is protected.

Policy HOU 3: Affordable housing provision states that all new open market housing developments which incorporate more than 10 dwellings will be required to make appropriate provision for an element of affordable housing, as follows:

  • A minimum of 30% of the total number of dwellings to be provided will be sought in the north of the district (Including Witchford).
  • The proportion and type of affordable housing will be the subject of negotiation with applicants.
  • The precise mix in terms of tenure and house sizes of affordable housing within a scheme will be determined by local circumstances at the time of planning permission, including housing need, development costs and the availability of subsidy.
  • The affordable housing shall be physically integrated into the open market housing development by using appropriate design methods.

Wellington Gardens will provide new homes across a range of sizes and styles, including 30% affordable housing. Our illustrative masterplan shows 44 homes representing a net density in the early 30’s (dwellings per hectare - dph). 

LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?

The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year. 

The pressure on the housing market is significant with the demand for homes outstripping supply.  An increase in life expectancy, immigration, single person occupancy and the demand for second homes being just some of the contributing factors.

For many first time buyers and young people, house prices are out of reach, with ever increasing deposits and monthly payments reducing the number of owner occupiers.

Witchford is a highly desirable, but expensive place to live, with prices up 34% up on 2015 with the average house price being £318,015 (Rightmove).  Many local people are struggling for the opportunity to get on the housing ladder and find a place they can call home.

Be the first to hear the latest news on our affordable homes by emailing us at info@catesbyestates.co.uk or filling in our HAVE YOUR SAY FORM above.  We are keen to hear from young professionals and key workers who are looking to get on the housing ladder in Witchford.

30% of the new homes delivered at Wellington Gardens in Witchford will be affordable housing.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is a combination of social rented, affordable rent and shared ownership housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

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