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”→
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”→
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.
Christmas 1916 was beset with food shortages, bad news from the front and the worst weather for over 30 years.Rationing wasn’t brought until December 2017 but there were growing shortages on the domestic front, as bread and meal prices increased sharply on the previous year – the consequence of German naval action. Many families couldn’t afford what they had previous years and had to make the best of what was available.
Welcome to the new and improved Eye Village website. With a fresher look and feel the new website is designed with you in mind. Its taken over month of work and a quite a number of late nights to get to this stage.
Time has moved on since the original site was conceived and it had become time consuming to manage. The new site should work should work a lot better on mobile devices with easier navigation and have more interactive sections. There’s a whole host of smaller changes, all designed to give you a better experience. If you have any problems please contact me here.
The home page has been updated and the news pages are now a lot easier to comment on. The heritage section has always been my favourite section and that stays much the same as its was, the directory has been revamped, companies based in the parish of Eye can add their business for free to this section.
The site costs £60 a year in hosting so if any Eye businesses would like to sponsor the site or advertise please click here. You will get a banner on the front page and a link to your website at the bottom of each page (currently I pay all the running costs myself).
A new Local Plan is being developed by Peterborough City Council. The local plan sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used, determining what will be built where.
The original local plan was supposed to identify land required for building between 2012 until 2026 but because it was based on the Regional Spatial Strategy which was revoked in 2013 the council are having to create a new plan based on the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA).
The village has seen continuous building over the past six years. Of the 283 homes that where allocated in the 2012 to 2026 plan over 85 per cent have already been built. Mayor of Peterborough and Eye Councillor David Sanders is reported to have said at a scrutiny committee this week “You’ve ruined Eye and you should be ashamed of yourselves.” at plans to build 250 more properties in the village. Over the past 20 years Eye has has the largest growth of any village within the Peterborough area. With a larger village comes increased traffic, pressures on services and rising crime as shown here.
In the new plan a large area to the east of the village has been proposed for further housing. The new estate will completely encompass the school and residential home Field House. Part of this area was in the original plan but due to a campaign by local residents it was removed from the final 2012 Peterborough Site Allocations DPD. The area taken out by the council (south of Thorney Road (SA.5.7)) was added back in when the plan went before the Secretary of State. Now just four years later the entire area has been added back in within a larger area. The new site actually larger than all the existing sites from the 2012 document in Eye (excluding Eye Green) added together.
“Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030 according to new research.” BBC
For further information on the villages response to the 2012 document click is here. Population charts for the parish are here.
Subject: St Micheals Gate Evictions
Date: 21 October 2016
Station: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
DJ: Paul Stainton
Interviews with Peterborough City Councillor Ed Murphy and David Seaton and MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson.
Cllr Ed Murphy
Paul: Before we get onto the families there have been accusation that Peterborough City Council only got involved when the media got involved, that they’ve messed up here, that they could have brought these houses, that the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. Some have said its solar panels mk2.
Ed: I think it is solar panels mk2. That cost £3.5 million that we wasted on that before the council saw sense and didwhat people were telling them and did the sensible thing. On this one now we’ve got people saying it doesn’t make sense. At the call in on Wednesday night one of the officers admitted that they knew about St Michael’s Gate in May.
St Michael’s Gate is just south of parish border. Tenants at 74 homes are being evicted by a private firm which did a deal with the council to move its homeless people into the properties. The story hit national news and Peterborough MP has asked for a debate around the subject in The House of Commons. Below is a transcript of the Radio interview taken on Friday 21 October 2016.
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – Paul Stainton
Paul: Not good news for the tenants in Peterborough. Remember we broke the story a couple of weeks ago now brought it to you that they were being evicted from their houses just before Christmas for no reason really other than profit. Buts there’s been another weeks of twists and turns in the saga. You remember around 70 families in Parnell faced eviction from their homes after this deal had been struck by Peterborough City Council with a property provider. Well the deal we see residents thrown out and replaced with homeless people who are currently being put up in travel lodges across the city. Then the property developer will slice up the houses and make more accommodation and make more money. Continue reading “St Michaels Gate, Peterborough – The tenants view…”→