Beck Row says more time is needed over 166 homes plan by Persimmon

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Beck Row Parish Council has asked that plans for 166 new homes in the village be deferred as it is concerned that the local school and sewerage systems cannot cope with more housing.

Persimmon Homes wants to build 166 two, three and four bedroomed homes on land in Skelton’s Drove.

On Tuesday night it gave a presentation outlining its plans for the site.

Planning permission was originally granted for 150 homes for American occupation and groundwork has already begun.

The need for USAF homes no longer exists and the developers consider the site suitable for open market housing.

On Tuesday the parish council agreed to ask Forest Heath District Council to defer a decision on the plan due to be decided on September 3.

There are concerns that the village is bearing a large brunt of the housing demand which Forest Heath has identified as being 670 homes in the four primary villages of Beck Row, West Row, Kentford and Exning.

Planning permission has already been granted for 117 homes in Aspal Lane in Beck Row

Parish Council Chairman Gary Peachey said of the Persimmon plan: “We are not convinced that this is right for the village.

“We are aware of overcrowding at the school and we are unhappy about the layout and size of this development in a key location in the village.

“Our job as a council is to look after local needs. We live in our community and care about our community and our job is to facilitate for future generations.

“We acknowledge that Forest Heath has no five-year land bank for housing but it seems the villages are bearing the brunt. A large application like this is detrimental to the community and not for the better.”

Martin Davidson, land director for Persimmon Homes, said: “We gave a presentation to the parish council and there was a fair amount of debate. We have undertaken to keep in contact with them and see how we can address some of the concerns.”