Housing association appeals against 21 homes rejection

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Flagship Housing, which wants to build 21 homes opposite a primary school, is to appeal against being refused planning permission.

Flagship submitted plans for the homes to be built on former allotment land in St John’s Avenue, Newmarket last November. The development was of a mix of one to four bedroom properties including bungalows and an area of public open space. The plans followed two public consultation events.

But in March East Cambridgeshire District Council rejected the scheme.

The housing association says that 155 families need affordable housing in the Newmarket area and submitted its appeal this week.

Adam Broadway, Flagship director (development), said: “Our purpose is to deliver much-needed affordable housing and we are keen to continue working with the local authorities to meet this need in the Newmarket area where 155 families are currently looking for affordable accommodation.

“For this reason we have decided to appeal against the decision made in March by East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee.”

Crockford Park Residents Association has opposed the plans because it says there are safety concerns as the site is opposite Ditton Lodge Primary School and there is traffic congestion in the area.

Chairman Garsham Robertson, said: “Nothing has changed. Our position is very much the same as it has been and that is that this is a development right opposite the school which sits on a bend and rises up a hill making it an accident waiting to happen.”

Residents argued that the layout of the scheme and the types of homes would increase congestion and be hazardous.