Update: Eyebury Road development

LP39.8 Tanholt Farm,

Click for full size versionLarkfleet Homes have come up with a proposal for the area of land to the east of Eye behind the Primary School. The proposed development will include up to 280  homes with access to the site from Eyebury Road, this is 30 more homes than specified in the Local Submission Plan.

Not to be taken lightly this is one of the largest single estates added to the village in its history.

The proposals also include additional land (around 0.8 hectares – total area of the new development is around 13 hectares) and a new access point for the school. The additional land would be paid for from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL*), which Larkfleet Homes would need to pay. According to Larkfleet this is  likely to be in excess of one million pounds for the estate.

* The CIL is a non-negotiable charge (represented as £ per m²) on the amount of new floor space created by development. Peterborough City Council adopted its current CIL policy in April 2015. Eye Parish Council receive 15 per cent of the CIL capped at £100 per home (Parish Councils with a Neighbourhood plan in place receive 25 per cent of the CIL). The rest goes to the local authority to be used for community infrastructure that is required  to support the population growth.

LarkFleet will be holding a public exhibition at Eye Primary School on Tuesday 22 May 2018, between 5pm and 8pm .  Representatives of Larkfleet will be on hand to answer questions. Click here for further information. As part of LP40 the developer must show a high level of engagement with appropriate stakeholders which include the local community.

Eyebury Road

One of the biggest concerns is the entrance to Eyebury Road. Eyebury Road can already be a busy road at times. It’s also home to the villages primary school and a lot of children are in the area at the start and end of the school day. At southern end the road is a single lane section with passing places. At the northern end is the sharp bend around the village church.

The last village census in 2011 recorded homes with no car: 13%, one car: 48%, two or more cars 39%. An estate with 280 homes could easily have 500 cars once complete. If each car goes in and out of the estate once a day that could easily be 1000 extra vehicle movements per day along Eyebury Road, the majority 8-9am and 5-6pm on weekdays.

What affect will it have on the village?
  • Years of further development
  • More noise, traffic and congestion
  • Pressure on local health services
  • Sewer system already has capacity issues
  • Higher crime
  • Increased risk of accidents on Eyebury Road.
But there must be benefits benefits for the village?

For the local shops it may mean more a few more customers, for parish it may mean more money via the precept or even slightly lower precept overall.

Eyebury Road
So has the Local Plan has been agreed by the secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government?

Actually no, the Local Plan has not been approved. Larkfleet must be confident that they are able to meet the key principles of LP40* and that the comments from residents will make no difference to the submission plan that that they have pressed ahead with the proposal regardless.

*LP40 is a section that was added to the Peterborough Local Plan – submission plan which was sent to the Secretary of State. LP40 specified that an outline planning application comprising, and amongst other matters, a comprehensive master plan for the whole area should be submitted and approved by the council before development commenced. Its in full at the bottom of this page.

Is democracy dead when it comes to planning?

If it isn’t, its on life support. The government has stated its ambition is to build 300,000 homes a year until the mid 2020s, local authorities have targets to meet, and changes to planning law under the current government have meant it’s easier for planners to get planning approval for new sites.

Even if the city council does reject a planning application, the developer can appeal to the Secretary of state and they can override the councils decision. This happens more often than not. An appeal by a developer can also cost the city council time and money so they will more likely approve a development unless again it has sound legal reasons for not  doing so. And it doesn’t end there…

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework is a key part of the government’s reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible. Under proposed changes to the  framework, the government will give councils new housing targets.

If delivery falls below 95% of the authority’s housing requirement, as set out in an up to date plan, they will be expected to produce an action plan. The draft of the National Planning Guidance includes a number of actions local authorities could consider as part of the plan suggests developers may be allowed to build on sites not included in local plans. This could allow a free-for-all as local authorities scrabble around for new sites to hit their housing targets.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has estimated that more than half of the target homes – nearly 165,000 in 42% of local authority areas – could be built this way by the end of the decade.

Related links


The Local Plan – Proposed Submission

Related documents

LP40 was in the Local Plan submission document.

Policy LP40: Tanholt Farm, Eye

Prior to the approval of detailed proposals for the site at Tanholt Farm, Eye (Site LP39.8) an outline planning application comprising, amongst other matters, a comprehensive masterplan for the whole area should be submitted and approved by the council.

In developing the masterplan there should be a high level of engagement with appropriate stakeholders including the local community.

The masterplan, together with other material submitted with an outline planning application, should demonstrate achieving the following key principles:

  • The scale of residential development will be subject to a detailed Transport Assessment and Travel Plan which will demonstrate that the quantity of homes proposed is deliverable taking account of; safe and suitable access to the site; and cost effective and necessary improvements to the transport network. It is anticipated that the scale will be around 250 dwellings, but potentially less following the outcome of the transport assessment;
  • A residential led scheme, of a range of types and tenures that meet needs and respects the surrounding context;
  • The quality of life of adjacent users, especially residential users which abut the site, should be respected;
  • Ensuring satisfactory provision of education facilities are available, and if not, address these deficiencies on-site;
  • Provision of wider community facilities as identified through consultation with the wider Eye community (subject to viability, deliverability and consideration of long term management of such facilities);
  • Careful consideration of vehicular access to and from the site, the traffic implications for wider Eye area and junctions on the A47;
  • Provision, including potential off-site provision (secured by legal agreement), of high quality access for pedestrians and cyclists from, and within, the site to the key community facilities and services in Eye; and
  • Details of the long term governance structure for the development, addressing issues such as community involvement and engagement and any financial arrangements to ensure long term viability of facilities.

With the exception of minor proposals of very limited consequence to the overall redevelopment of the entire site, the council will not approve any detailed planning proposals for any parts of the site until, and subsequently in accordance with, a comprehensive planning permission for the entire site has been achieved (including any agreed Planning Obligation to ensure specific elements of the wider scheme are guaranteed to be delivered).

Winter in the village – February 2018

The cold weather has been caused by weather sweeping in from Russia. Winds from Siberia have pushed in from the east, causing the the temperatures to drop to minus five,  with a wind chill as low as minus 12.  This has been caused by the northern polar jet stream which has twisted its direction unexpectedly, drawing in cold air as it crosses the country. The last time happened was 2013, but the UK has not experienced such low temperatures since 1991.

The south-east has gotten off fairly lightly with the north and south-west affected the most.

White Post Road with the sun trying to break through the clouds.

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Recorded crime rises by a third in two years

The full crime statistics for 2017 have been released on police.co.uk. For the fourth year in succession the figures show an overall increase in recorded crime across the parish.

In 2012 the figure was 351 recorded crimes for the whole year. Last year the figure had risen to 578, a 65 per cent increase.

2015 2016 2017
Crime type Total % Total % Change Total % Change
Anti-social behaviour 178 42.1% 156 29.7%  -12.4% 139 24% -10.9%
Bicycle theft 4 0.9% 5 0.9%  25% 2 0.3%  -60%
Burglary 26 6.1% 48 9.1%  84.6% 54 9.3%  12.5%
Criminal damage and arson 48 11.3% 46 8.8%  -4.2% 43 7.4%  -6.5%
Drugs 7 1.6% 6 1.1%  -14.3% 3 0.5%  -50%
Other crime 10 2.4% 7 1.3%  -30% 7 1.2%  0%
Other theft 24 5.0% 74 14.1%  208.3% 69 11.9%  -6.8%
Possession of weapons 0 0% 2 0.4%  200% 1 0.2%  -50%
Public order 3 0.7% 13 2.5%  333.3% 22 3.8%  69.2%
Robbery 9 2.1% 4 0.8%  -55.6% 3 0.5%  -25%
Shoplifting 11 2.6% 28 5.3%  154.5% 70 12.1%  150%
Theft from the person 3 0.7% 2 0.4%  -33.3% 2 0.3%  0%
Vehicle crime 33 7.8% 46 8.8%  39.4% 42 7.3%  -8.7%
Violence and sexual offences 67 15.8% 88 16.8%  31.3% 121 20.9%  37.5%
Total 423 525  24.1% 578  10.1%

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rspb-logoDo you ever groan because you get stuck in a queue behind a tractor when you are in a rush? Are you worried that wildlife is disappearing from farmland, such as the skylarks you heard as a child?

We can all be affected by the above and it’s easy to blame farmers, especially with harvest approaching, when many farm vehicles will be out on the road, but do you ever stop and think what they are doing? Do you know some of your local farmers are producing the potatoes for your chips, sugar for your tea and coffee and mustard for your family roasts, to name just a few items?

Do you know that these same farmers are also hard at work with the RSPB helping to give nature a home on their land? It is due to this network of farmers, working across the Thorney Farmland Bird Friendly Zone (between Peterborough and Wisbech), that not only are there more habitats for declining farmland birds like lapwings and corn buntings but also for many other farmland species including hares, hoverflies and water voles.

Thanks to these farmers’ work and support, the RSPB is now able to offer opportunities for all ages and abilities to come and discover how farmers are helping wildlife on their farms. We’ll be arranging a number of visits to both local villages and the farms themselves for you to find out more between September 2013 and January 2014, including opportunities to come on a nature walk or have a go at creating a home for wildlife yourself.

So, go on spread the word and look out for posters appearing in and around the Thorney district with news of events. To express an interest and to find out more call the Fens Area Office on 01954 233260, or email Jane.Andrews-Gauvain@rspb.org.uk

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A16 Eye bypass – Dogsthorpe to Crowland opens


The last section of the new £80 million Peterborough to Spalding road opens.

After delays caused by slippage the embankment the final part of the A16 from Dogsthorpe to Crowland has opened. You can read more on the reasons for the delay below. We’re just glad it eventually got there.

Youtube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQg63ecj_7Q&feature=feedu

New road on track to open in October


Traffic could be reduced around Eye this October as the new £80 million Peterborough to Spalding road opens this October.

The road from Crowland to Spalding opened in August 2010 but due to ‘slippage’ in the embankmant and road close the Car Dyke Bridge, the section from Crowland to Dogsthorpe remained closed while work was done to correct the damage. The bridge cost around £3 million and the repairs around £5million so its been an expensive little project.

More on the Evening Telegraph site here.

Anger as school bus is axed.


The road above is the one children will have to walk or cycle along now the transport has been cut. The council has said that improvements to the roundabout has mean’t it is now safe for children from Eye to walk to Deacons. The crossing is one thing but the road has a very high volume of traffic including articulated lorries and only a narrow path on Eye Road between Eye and Welland. Have these council staff who made this decision ever walked the route? This decision will put childrens lives at risk. Its dangerous enough for adults, without children having to walk along it and even worse in bad weather or on dark winter evenings.

Traditionally children from Eye went to Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton.The background to this whole sorry saga started when catchment areas were redrawn in 2006 ahead of the Deacons Acadamy opening in 2007. It seems some parents were made to send their children to the brand new Deacons Academy but the school ended up with too many pupils wanting to go there so the catchment area was changed back to Arthur Mellows.

As one student commented on the storywe didn’t pick the school we got made to go there because the council changed the catchment area. And in return the promised us free transport until year 11. Is not in fact the distance it’s the fact that they broke the promise. And before anyone says shouldn’t have picked the school we didn’t, our right to pick a school got taken.”

And from a parent: “As a parent I didn’t originally didn’t want my send my child to Deacons Academy. But at the time I was told I had no choice in the matter as Arthur Mellows had too many pupils. To be told a few years down the line that free transport is going to be removed because the council has changed its mind is a disgrace and I will be doing everything I have to get it re-instated. Maybe if the City Council had listened to parents in the first place rather than just rail-road changes through this could have been avoided. “

There was a story about it in the Evening Telegraph in 2006, click here.

On top of this the three mile limit is around half-way through the village so pupils that live on the opposite side of the village will still get transport while others will have to walk while the bus passes them on the main road. In fact the stop that children catch the bus from is around 2.9 miles from Deacons.

The question is will the council be held accountable if a child is injured or worse walking or cycling to school?

More on the story on the Evening Telegraph website here.

UPDATE: The council have u-turned their decision to remove free transport. More here.

AMVC school bus

Earlier in the year it was reported that the bus travel for Year 11 pupils to Arthur Mellows Village college would be removed to save money and pupils would have to catch the bus into Queensgate and back out to Glinton.

The story starts in 2006 and the error made in 2006 making Deacons Academy the main school for Eye. The academy was subsequently oversubscribed which has meant that a number of pupils still have to go to Arthur Mellows anyway. At the time Cllr John Bartlett, who represented Eye and Thorney on Peterborough City Council, added: “The whole thing is a nightmare and mistakes have been made.” Parents at the time were not to impressed neither, for more on that story click here.

The outcome of this is one set of buses goes to Deacons and another to Arthur Mellows when there just used to be buses to Arthur Mellows. Of course this is costing a lot of money, the long term plan would have been to phase out the Arthur Mellows buses but as pupils are still going there this isn’t going to happen anytime soon so the council has found a way to save money by removing bus access for Year 11 pupils.

Whether this is fair or not I’ll leave you to decide, the situation is being ‘monitored’ Cllr Holditch has said.