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).

A47 litter build-up

UK’s Environment Capital…

In 2015 a Commons Select Committee concluded that that “England is a litter-ridden country compared to most of Europe, North America and Japan”. There’s been a lot of news around the pollution caused by plastic waste in the environment. You don’t have to go far to see this. The A47 to the west of Eye along the southern edge Star Pit Nature Reserve is one of the cities grot spots. The nature reserve is  a site of special scientific interest with many species of water beetle found in the shallow pools.

Cans, coffee cups and plastic bottles seem to make up a lot of the litter but there is also a wide range of packing, plastic bags, drinks cartons and miscellaneous pieces of cardboard. Some of it is quite old so it obviously hasn’t been cleaned for a while. If this was along Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough there would be an outcry, because this is in the ‘countryside’ it almost seems fine to ignore it.

Research on roadside litter by the RSPB and Keep Britain Tidy has found more than 8% of bottles and almost 5% of the cans contained remains of some of our rarest native mammals, including shrews, bank voles and wood mice.

Looking east along A47

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The First World War Centenary – Village life in 1918

1918 was the final year of Word War One. Germany had been in retreat since the middle of 1917 but it wasn’t until the Armistice of 11 November 1918 that fighting ended. Also known as the Armistice of Compiègne from the place where it was signed, it came into force at 11am and marked a victory for the Allies and a defeat for Germany but it wasn’t a surrender, that had to wait for the Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty was signed in June 1919 and was the most important of the peace treaties that brought World War I to an end. The Treaty ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. Continue reading “The First World War Centenary – Village life in 1918”

Peterborough City Council approves a six percent increase to council tax

At a full council meeting on Wednesday 7 March, 2018  Peterborough City Council approved a six per cent increase to council tax. The government has allowed councils to increase council tax by 5.99% in 2018-19 which includes 3% rise for social care and a 2.99% increase in standard council tax.

Because of the way council tax is calculated this isn’t the full story. In reality the adult social care precept has increased by 61 per cent from the £57.75 it was last year to £94.70 it is this year on a band D property.

What does this mean for Eye residents?

Band D residences will be paying an extra £87.38 this year. The police have received 6.4 per cent increase and the fire authority a three per cent rise. Eye also has the Parish precept. This is charged on each property in the parish to fund the running costs of the parish council and the activities it takes on behalf of the village. This year that is £35.45 for a band D property which will raise £54,475 for the Parish Council. The number of houses being built in the village has actually meant this has been slightly reduced from last year. In 2016/17 it was £35.12 and in 2017/18  it was £35.80.

Eye still remains pretty much in the middle of the table with regards the cost of the precept, with villages such as Southhorpe (£8.74) and Orton Loungueville (£10.93) towards the lower end of the scale and Wittering (£66.89) and Castor (£88.27) the most expensive. The average in England in 2017-18 was £61.03 with a 6.3 per cent increase. Continue reading “Peterborough City Council approves a six percent increase to council tax”

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 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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The Local Plan – Proposed Submission

You’ve ruined Eye and you should be ashamed of yourselves” said Mayor of Peterborough and village Councillor at the time David Sanders to city planners in October 2016. Even as late as 2005 you could look across grass meadows from the north side of the High Street. This has now been lost for ever. Over the past 10 years approximately 365 homes have  been built across the village:

  • Bath Road: 91
  • Merevale Drive: 21
  • Millport Drive: 59
  • Sandleford Drive estate: 50
  • The Croft: 14
  • Verde Close: 57
  • Whitby Avenue: 73

The ‘ proposed submission’ version of the Local Plan is available for comment until the 20 February 2018. This is the final version that is put to public consultation and independent examination.  The plan sets out the council’s planning policies for growth and regeneration of Peterborough and the surrounding villages up to 2036 (although the previous Peterborough Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) which was adopted in February 2011 was supposed to last until 2026). The next stage the council will submit the local plan to the Secretary of State together with feedback received during the proposed submission stage. Continue reading “The Local Plan – Proposed Submission”

Guilsborough Road estate – Planning application mk2

Plans for 67 homes on the former Northam Brickyard site…

Westleigh Homes, a building company based in Leicester has applied to build 67 homes on the former Northam Brickyard site adjacent to Eye Nature Reserve. In the new Local Plan this has been increased to 55 but is nearly double what was recommended in the original  2011 Site Allocation Development Plan Document. The plan includes 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms homes including a number of social rented (shared ownership or other) homes. From their website “Westleigh Homes build modern contemporary new homes across the UK from our base in Leicestershire. We design homes & specifications with the modern lifestyle in mind.” Continue reading “Guilsborough Road estate – Planning application mk2”

Peterborough City Council agrees to increase council tax by five per cent

At a full council meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 councillors approved a five per cent increase to council tax, the maximum allowed without a local referendum. Read the full story in the Peterborough Telegraph here. Prime Minister Theresa May gave councils permission to increase council tax by three per cent in 2017/18 on top of the 1.99 per cent general rise that was already approved.

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