It’s time to object again!

In September lots of us objected to the planning application that had been submitted for 93 homes to be built on the lovely space at Wenny Meadow, the former Manor Park of Chatteris.

The developer has now returned with updated plans, but they’re no better: they confirm that there will be a loss of biodiversity at the meadow; they don’t offer anything more for local services like schools and doctors; and they still result in the loss of natural green space in Chatteris.

We need you to object again. You can do this online in just a few minutes on the FDC website.

Be sure to select the option to “object” to the application, and in the comments add some reasons for objecting. It’s best if these are written in your own words, but you can mention:

  • The developer says there will be a net loss of biodiversity at the site, which is home to priority and protected species.
  • Chatteris doesn’t have enough GP capacity or school places to support this development and other developments that have already been approved.
  • There isn’t enough natural green space in Chatteris, and this application will see further loss of natural green space.
  • There are already more homes approved in Chatteris – at Tithe Barn, Fairbairn Way, West Street, and Womb Farm – than were originally targeted in the 2014 local plan.
  • The local plan has objectives that say the council will “minimise the irreversible loss of undeveloped land” and will “maintain and enhance the geographical range, amount and viability of habitats and species”. The plans go against these objectives.

Click here to submit your objection before 24th April!

Does your child want to voice their concerns? Click here for our letter templates.

What if you would prefer to object by post or email?

Sending an objection via the Fenland District Council website carries just as much weight as a written letter, and you can instantly check that your submission has been received by checking the documents page on the planning application.

If you’d still rather submit an objection by post, or if you have additional materials or evidence that you want to provide copies of, you can either email or post your comments to the council.

We recommend that you read our ideas for what to include in your letter, or our list of more detailed policy-based objections.

You must quote the application reference “F/YR21/0981/F” and you must include your postal address in your email or letter.

Send your comments via email to planning@fenland.gov.uk

Send your comments via post to: Development Services, Fenland Hall, County Road ,March, PE15 8NQ

We recommend that you keep an eye on the documents page of the planning portal to ensure your comment gets uploaded.

The Save Wenny Road Meadow campaign is for residents concerned about the proposed development of houses on this beautiful area of pastureland in Chatteris.

Chatteris Meadow Development Map

The meadow is surrounded by mature trees, has picturesque views and a tranquil environment. Many people use the area for walking, relaxing and to refresh the soul. It has been described as the last remaining undeveloped land within the town boundary.

The broad concept plan retains roughly one third of the meadow as managed open space, but we are campaigning for the plans to be revised to preserve the meadow in its entirety. We believe that truncating the meadow, carving access roads through it, and building on the remainder will destroy the essence of this beautiful natural amenity.

The land was selected for development and identified in the Fenland Local Plan (which was adopted in 2014). Consultation took place in 2013, but most Chatteris residents were not aware of this decision.

We hope that if enough Chatteris residents object to losing this land forever, it is possible that Fenland District Council’s Planning Policy Department may ultimately consider a review of the Local Plan and designate the area as Local Green Space or maintain it as a Country Park for current and future generations to enjoy. We acknowledge the the land is currently in private ownership, and that a long term solution for purchase and maintenance of the land would need to be resolved.

Petition signatures:

1,074 and rising!  

(@ 10th February, 2020)

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