Eyebury Road – Tanholt Farm development update

So we arrive at the planning permission stage of this process. Despite concerns by residents that the size of the estate will cause major traffic issues along Eyebury Road at rush hour this ‘project’ has gone ahead anyway and not just with the indicative 250 homes in the local plan but planning permission is being sort for 300, 20 per cent more. The village will have been really let down by Peterborough City Council if this goes thorough in its current state. To Larkfleet it must be a forgone conclusion, they’ve started setting out even before planning permission has been granted…

You can make comments on the planning application here.

The last village census in 2011 recorded homes with no car: 13%, one car: 48%, two or more cars 39%. An estate with 300 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. And that ignores, visitors, delivery vans, and other service vehicles.

LP40

LP40 was supposed to be the saving grace in all this. At the time I thought this could be answered ‘on the back of a fag packet’ but I was hoping it would mean a more in-depth look at how this development would affect the village. My original view was more or less correct. Although land is being set aide for the school this comes out of the CIL (See below) it has made little difference to the number of houses.

The Local Plan

The local plan was approved by the City Council on the 24 July 2019.

Cllr David Seaton was on his mobile and Cllr Peter Hiller on his laptop while Cllr Steve Allen was giving his speech about the concerns of Eye’s resident to the Tanholt development… Cllr Peter Hiller’s ward has only 33 homes in the local plan.

Here’s Eye ward Cllr Steve Allen’s response at the meeting: “Thank you Mr Mayor. I rise actually to support the local plan. There are reservations which I must speak out about. Eye residents have raised many objections and are rightly concerned the ability of the current infrastructure to handle yet more houses and the resulting increase in traffic in a community that understandable its fair share of development over recent years. The view taken by myself and my fellow ward councillors has always been that we will only support further development in the village if the infrastructure gains are forthcoming to the benefit of all residents. That said I believe the local plan as approved by the inspectors and with us this evening is very comprehensive and well thought out and to the benefit of the whole city. There a lot of excellent work been put in there by officers which I commend.

Although not in the plan I understand now that there are proposals for an east-south relief road from the A47 known as Haynes farm to the Eastern Industry part of Peterborough. This is now high on a project agenda for the local authority. This affective bypass will comprehensively deal with the traffic issues Eye residents face on a daily and morning and evening commute and particularly deal with the problems of the inadequate Eyebury Road rat run with the understanding that the project being firmly on the near horizon addresses my major objection to the development in the village and to that affect I’m happy to support my cabinet colleagues recommendations for the plan adoption.

The vote was:

  • 42 in favour
  • 0 against
  • 16 abstained

As above it would have made very little difference if our councillors had voted against the proposal.

In the local plan there are indicative numbers:

  • LP39.2: South of Northam Close, 1.13ha –  17 dwellings (now 35)
  • LP39.3: Land at Guilsborough Road – 3.36 ha – 55 dwellings (Was originally 35). More here.
  • LP39.8: Tanholt Farm, Eye – 13.3ha – 250 dwellings (300 applied for.)

CIL

For every house built the council get a CIL (Community infrastructure levy) payment. A flat fee is charged for each square metre of floor area in new developments. For cash strapped councils like Peterborough this is a godsend but some may think this causes a conflict of interests as the more houses that are built the more money the council receives. Eye is also in the moderate value zone which can make it more profitable for house builders. I’ve still not got to the bottom of why the city was divided up like this, if you know please let me know.

So to sum it up we say goodbye to a bit more countryside and welcome to 300 new homes. I’m sure if it wasn’t for the national policy which recommends that a separation between towns, cities villages should be retained the council would already be allowing houses to be built on the fields between the village and the city of Peterborough and Eye would just become another township.

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Notes

So why have we ended up in this situation with skyrocketing housing prices with swathes of countryside being urbanised? Well the ‘elephant in the room’ is population growth.

Background

In May 2004, the 15 states of the European Union (EU-15) welcomed ten new Member States in what was the largest expansion in the history of European integration. During the accession negotiations, an optional transitional period of seven years was established. The Labour government at the time decided to ignore this and open the borders immediately.  This decision was controversial: politicians later admitted that they had only decided against barring freedom of movement under the assumption that all of the other EU countries would also impose no restrictions on freedom of movement: in fact only Ireland and Sweden followed suit.

Its easy to see the consequences in the chart above and the population has been increasing by between 400,000 and 500,000 people per year since this decision was made and is credited as one of the causes of Brexit in which Eye, Thorney & Newborough voted by 1846 remain and 3568 leave .

Of course when you’ve got population growth this high whatever the cause it puts pressure on services and of course all these people need homes to live in which is why we have the housing crisis we have today.

Another note is the UK imports 48% of the total food consumed and the proportion is rising, this isn’t great for food security. If for any reason imports were cut off a large percentage of the population could starve. Additionally for every piece of farmland that is turned into housing or industry it reduces the land for growing food. According to the ‘iNews’ England has a population density of around 426 people per square kilometer which in one of the highest in the EU.

RSPB News

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

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

After delays caused by slippage on 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

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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’ on the embankment 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.

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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 have meant 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 children’s 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 too 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.