Too many homes for ru­ral areas

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOURVIEWS -

Fur­ther doubts have been raised about Peter­bor­ough’s suit­abil­ity to take on 2,500 homes from neigh­bour­ing au­thor­i­ties in a draft re­port pro­duced by Aecom – a multi­na­tional engi­neer­ing and hous­ing con­sul­tancy.

The Hous­ing Needs As­sess­ment re­port for Whit­tle­sey Town Council de­tails a po­ten­tial in­crease in the num­ber of homes al­lo­cated to Whit­tle­sey in its lo­cal plan and for the market town to per­form a role in sup­port­ing Cam­bridgeshire’s hous­ing market.

The 2013 mem­o­ran­dum of co-op­er­a­tion be­tween coun­cils in Cam­bridgeshire saw Peter­bor­ough City Council chiefs give in to other lo­cal au- thor­i­ties in Cam­bridgeshire and take on 2,500 over­spill dwellings which were then al­lo­cated to the Great Kyne site ad­ja­cent to Cas­tor Hang­lands.

The council de­fended these plans last week in the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph by ar­gu­ing that the agree­ment also took on the needs of lo­cal towns such as Whit­tle­sey, but it is now clear that these towns are ca­pa­ble of not only ful­fill­ing their own hous­ing needs but also sup­port­ing the wider re­gion.

This damn­ing new re­port raises se­ri­ous ques­tions about why Peter­bor­ough City Council has agreed to take the en­tire al­lo­ca­tion of 2,500 homes rather than fight­ing the city’s cor­ner in the ne­go­ti­a­tions in 2013.

It is shock­ing that Peter­bor­ough City Council has over­bur­dened our ru­ral areas with­out giv­ing due con­sid­er­a­tion to the ca­pac­ity of other lo­cal coun­cils to take on hous­ing al­lo­ca­tion.

Given the re­cent merger of Fen­land and Peter­bor­ough’s plan­ning de­part­ments, this sows doubt amongst res­i­dents about whether Peter­bor­ough is re­ally get­ting the best deal.

Res­i­dents from right across Peter­bor­ough have been uni­fied in their op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed devel­op­ment.

Pro­tect Ru­ral Peter­bor­ough’s cam­paign has had broad ap­peal with more than 500 sign ups on­line and 300 peo­ple com­ing along to a public meet­ing to voice their op­po­si­tion to the council’s plan.

This at­tack on Peter­bor­ough’s coun­try­side comes

just weeks af­ter new Labour MP for the city cen­tre Fiona Onasanya termed the ru­ral out­skirts of Peter­bor­ough ‘our own gar­dens of Eden’.

More in­for­ma­tion www. pro­tect-ru­ral-peter­bor­ough. org.uk Martin Chill­cott

Pro­tect Ru­ral Peter­bor­ough

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