Concern over plans for 21 Newmarket homes

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Residents are angry at the timing of public consultation into a controversial residential development in Newmarket.

The event looking at the Flagship Housing Group’s proposals to build 21 new homes on part of a former allotment in St John’s Avenue, close to Ditton Lodge primary school, is being held at the school tomorrow between 4pm and 7pm.

But according to residents, only a handful of households had received information about it.

Peter Cresswell, a former East Cambridgeshire district councillor, who lives in nearby Peterhouse Drive, said: “I am extremely unimpressed and concerned by the unreasonable way Flagship have organised this ‘so called’ consultation event.

“The proposed development will affect all residents who live on Crockfords Park Estate, not merely the handful of households who have received written notification of the ‘consultation. The timing is also questionable - on the first day of the school holiday while many people are away on holiday.”

Flagship development project manager, Lee Webster, outlined the proposals to Newmarket town councillors on Monday when he said it was “quite a sensitive development” and that Flagship wanted to “gather as many thoughts as possible.”

The 21 homes will be a mixture of one to four bedroom properties each with two car parking spaces and Mr Webster assured councillors no existing allotment land would be used.

Previous applications to build on the site have been thrown out, the last one in 2009 because allotment land would have been lost and not replaced.

But residents are still concerned about potential traffic issues.

“I am convinced there will, once again, be mass opposition from local residents to these proposals,” said Mr Cresswell. “Ditton Lodge school has expanded considerably since the matter was last considered and there are serious highways concerns in respect of access to the site. There are already significant traffic problems with cars parked outside the school, bearing in mind there is a bend in the road and it is on an incline.”