‘We’ve been ignored on plans for 21 new homes’

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Residents claim they have been “steamrollered and ignored” by a housing association over plans to build 21 new homes in Newmarket.

Garsham Robertson, chairman of the Crockfords Park Residents’ Association (CPRA) has accused the Flagship Housing Group, which is behind the proposal to build the affordable home in St John’s Avenue, of breaking a promise to residents that a traffic survey would be undertaken after residents said they had serious traffic safety concerns as the site was opposite Ditton Lodge Primary School in an area already suffering serious traffic congestion.

“St John’s Avenue would appear to be increasingly used as rat-run by road users coming from the Wood Ditton Road, in an attempt to avoid congestion at the junction of the main road near the former swimming pool. This has an effect of making St John’s Avenue congestion and safety worse than may otherwise be and again would reach dangerous levels with the proposed development.”

He said at a meeting with the residents’ association in July last year, Flagship had committed to a full traffic survey and would inform the association when it would take place.

Mr Robertson said to date, as far as he was aware, no survey had been held. “Current road traffic congestion at the site is already almost intolerable for residents and this proposed development would exacerbate it even further.”

A planning application for the development has been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council to which the CPRA has objected. No-one from Flagship was available to comment.