LAND OFF UPWELL ROAD, MARCH

Public Consultation

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of housing will be delivered?

It is envisaged that a wide choice of high quality homes will be built at an appropriate mix and size. This will include a number of affordable homes.

Q: What are affordable homes?

Generally, affordable housing is defined as housing of a decent standard, which is cheaper than that which is available in the local housing market. It can be provided in a number of ways but the most common types are:

  1. Housing provided to rent at below open market costs for households in need, usually by local councils or housing associations;
  2. Shared ownership or shared equity (HomeBuy) intermediate schemes where a percentage of the home is sold to a household, usually 50% or more, with a rent for the remainder paid to a housing association.
  3. Housing that is sold at a discount of at least 20% below local market value. Eligibility is determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices. Provisions would be in place to ensure housing remains at a discount for future eligible households.

Q: How will the increase in population effect village services and amenities?

We are aware that residential developments can place extra pressure on existing infrastructure such as schools, healthcare and roads.  Various infrastructure providers such as the education authority and highways authority will be consulted as part of the planning application process and reasonable & necessary financial contributions would be provided if directly related to the development and where required to offset the development.

The proposal will also generate increased expenditure in the local area associated with the contributions towards council tax and the furnishing of new homes. The local economy would also benefit from increased footfall and expenditure for infrastructure services, at local shops and businesses helping to ensure these businesses continue to thrive.

Q: My feedback on your proposals isn’t going to make any difference – this is all a done deal, isn’t it?

No, not at all. These are our initial proposals, and we haven’t yet submitted a planning application. Your feedback is really important to us, and may help shape our proposals. This public consultation exercise is about listening to and recording your views. It may be that the views expressed have an impact on what our final proposals look like. We welcome any suggestions you may have.

Q: If you get planning permission, when would construction work be expected to begin? When would it finish?

If full planning permission is granted by Fenland District Council in a timely manner, then site preparation work would be expected to start in early 2023. The build out of the scheme will last approximately 2-3 years.

Q: Will there be an opportunity for local people to work in construction of the site?

We are wholly committed to working with the local community and where possible will seek to use local contractors in the build of the scheme.

Q: When will you submit a planning application?

It is our intention to submit a full planning application in late 2021/early 2022.

Q: How can I view the planning application?

Once submitted, the planning application will be available to view via the planning register on Fenland District Council’s website or in person at the Council offices.

Thank you for visiting this consultation website.

Please send us your comments via an online comments form on this website or complete the comments form on the consultation leaflet and return this in the pre-paid envelope provided.

The deadline for comments is midnight on Monday 13th December 2021.