New lease of life for old Dairy Crest site

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Special Report - By David Sey­mour david. sey­mour@ pe­ter­bor­oughto­day. co. uk Twit­ter: @ Pt­david­sey­mour 01733 588732

Aformer in­dus­trial site in Peter­bor­ough which has be­come an eye­sore and a mag­net for ar­son­ists, fly­tip­pers and van­dals is to be cleared to make way for 90 new homes. Mem­bers of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee have given the go- ahead for the devel­op­ment at the old Dairy Crest site in Mid­land Road, West Town.

The homes pro­posal which had al­ready won the back­ing of the coun­cil’s plan­ning of­fi­cers, was to con­struct 56 two- bed, 32 three- bed, and two four- bed prop­er­ties on the 1.72 hectare site.

Vicky Hur­rell, prin­ci­pal devel­op­ment man­age­ment of­fi­cer, said it was hoped the build would “kick start” re­gen­er­a­tion in an area of the city which also in­cluded the dis­used Peter­bor­ough District Hospi­tal site nearby.

Cllr Peter Hiller, cab­i­net mem­ber for hous­ing, neigh­bour­hoods and plan­ning, said: “I’m very pleased this hor­ri­ble eye­sore of a site is now des­tined to be re­gen­er­ated.”

Cllr Chris Ash said he had a num­ber of con­cerns about the devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing: its prox­im­ity to the rail­way line, ques­tion­ing it would prove a haz­ard dur­ing the build, whether it would “ster­ilise” im­prove- ments to the area and if there were enough school places lo­cally.

He said : “While I agree it’s go­ing to tidy up an area, what I’m con­cerned about is we are go­ing to make prob­lems for a short- term fix that might come to haunt us in the fu­ture.”

Miss Hur­rell said the de­vel­op­ers are work­ing with Net­work Rail in re­la­tion to the part of the site near the rail­way line, that it would not pre­vent other im­prove­ment works in the area, and its im­pact would be mit­i­gated by it be­ing a “rel­a­tively small devel­op­ment”.

She said: “We do think this site is ca­pa­ble of be­ing devel­oped at this stage and hope­ful- ly that will be a trig­ger for the oth­ers pro­pos­als coming for­ward.”

Cllr Ash ab­stained in the vote on the ap­pli­ca­tion but all other coun­cil­lors backed the devel­op­ment.

Cllr Gra­ham Casey said: “I think the look of it is very pleas­ing. If it sets the stan­dard for the rest of the devel­op­ment that would be a good thing.”

Howthe homes could look

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