Save Granny Gentle's Cottage Garden
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We wholly object to the planning proposal for a 3-bedroom Scandinavian bungalow with a driveway for 4 vehicles in the ancient orchard of this beautiful Grade II listed property -- first and foremost because this application poses a threat to human life.
The fire in the Orwell shop on 5/3/2011 proved that emergency vehicles cannot access the spur of Town Green Road where Number 35 is located. This alone must render the proposal void. We are calling this out now so that any consequential fatalities or devastation to property would not rest on our consciences.
The access at the spur of Town Green Road is already extremely congested and any increase in traffic would further endanger pedestrians. This includes young children who use the footpath on route to Petersfield Primary School. Again, we call out this serious road safety danger.
The applicant sought planning permission (S/2924/16/LB October 2016) to move his garage due to this very congestion, because, in his own words, it "conflicts with traffic movements from the driveway opposite" (p. 2). The present planning application (S/3972/17/FL) seeks to put a driveway for 4 vehicles plus visiting traffic in the very location that the applicant felt was so inconvenient, just a year ago. This makes a mockery of the planning process.
No heritage statement has been prepared in support of this application, yet it sits between three Grade ll listed buildings. Even the minimum requirement (NPPF para. 128) has not been included in the DASP. We call for a full heritage assessment to be carried out, in order to comply with the integrity of due process and to reflect the importance of this historical site (the original Miller/Gentle Farm) which is crucial to the identity of Orwell and South Cambs District.
The LPA is obligated by law to consider the habitat of bats and newts. This proposed site provides habitats for bats and newts. We believe that it is entirely uncontroversial to suggest that scoping for bats and newts should have taken place prior to the application. We call for a full bat and newt survey urgently, in order to comply with the integrity of due process.
Over the past year, the applicant has compulsively felled the ancient trees on his property. Five handsome fruit trees and one mature Ash tree were even cut down three days after the application for planning permission had been signed. This should be taken as a circumvention of due process.
The DASP which supports this application requires careful scrutiny. In Orwell Parish Council's view, and in our own view and experience, the DASP contains many inaccurate statements, which in turn render it an unreliable document. In our opinion, the DASP undermines the NPPF which is supposed to protect us from speculative proposals.
Heidi Allen MP is working hard to protect residents during this period of LDF suspension, but we will not be able to share in the benefit of her hard work if this proposal is not given the attention of the South Cambridgeshire Planning Committee.
For full details of all of the many neighbours' objections raised, do feel free to check out the link below:
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