As you may have read in the Advertiser this week, the application by developer CEG to build 55 houses and a nursing home on the Lawsonsteads site (Click here for original post) has been rejected by the borough council’s Planning Committee. The revised application was submitted after their previous plan to build 300 houses was dismissed. The committee members took the view that the development would worsen congestion in the village, and that it would ruin important views across the landscape, and adversely impact on the conservation area. We would like to thank them for taking a stand and for listening to our arguments rather than CEG’s blandishments.
In reaching their decision, the committee members clearly took our Capita Symonds report on traffic very seriously. This was in marked contrast to the Highways Authority, who considered it irrelevant for this application. The attitude of the Highways Authority continues to dismay us, and we continue to press for a proper response to our concerns. Now we wait to see if CEG appeal.