Cottenham residential scheme receives permission

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TEP has, on appeal, secured outline planning consent for 154 dwellings at Rampton Road, Cottenham on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council.  The proposals included 60% market housing and 40% affordable housing of which 36 will go to those with a local connection.  TEP produced illustrative layouts for the Application Site detailing how 154 dwellings could be developed whilst improving recreation provision and providing new and enhanced areas of open space.

South Cambridgeshire District is in desperate need of new housing to complement growth and these homes will be delivered in one of the most sustainable villages in the District complementing recent approvals adjacent the application site.

TEP provided Project Management, Town Planning, Urban Design, Masterplanning, Landscape Ecology, Heritage and Arboricultural services to aid the outline planning application.  Expert Transport Planning advice was provided by Prime with Betts dealing with Flood Risk and geotechnical matters and Bureau Veritas assisting on Noise and Air Quality.

The appeal hearing was led by Andrew Piatt (Partner, Head of Planning UK) of Gateley PLC with Ian Grimshaw and David Walton (TEP) appearing to give landscape and planning evidence. The District Councils argument was based on the landscape impact of the scheme and the compliance of the location of the proposed development with the development plan.  The planning inspector dismissed the Council’s evidence on landscape agreeing they had ‘overstated the value of the landscape, its sensitivity to change and the magnitude of effect of the proposed development’ and the LVIA produced was correct in its judgement of a minor significance of effect.

The Inspector determined that the proposed scheme ‘would complement the form of the village… in an accessible location and would make a noteworthy contribution towards affordable housing’.

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