Kennett Garden Village development application won’t be handled by Secretary of State says Minister of Housing, Communities and Country Planning.
The Secretary of State has confirmed that he will not be calling-in a planning application for a ‘garden village’ development in Kennett.
The application proposed by East Cambs Trading Company for a community-led sustainable ‘garden-village’ extension to Kennett was considered at East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee in April 2019.
The Community Land Trust (CLT) development was approved by the council’s planning committee subject to conditions, one of which included the referral of the intention to grant planning permission to the Secretary of State as required by Article 31 of The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.
In a letter from the planning casework manager for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, it stated that ‘The Secretary of State has decided not to call in this application. He is content that it should be determined by the local planning authority.’
The letter continued ‘The Government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues and believes planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible.’
The council are now able to proceed with the grant of outline planning permission for the development on Station Road, Kennett.
The development will include around 500 new homes, five per cent of which will be self-build and 30 per cent affordable housing. There will also be sheltered housing / care home for the elderly and an enterprise park for local businesses, all supported by significant investment in local highway improvements, a new primary school, over 30 acres of public open space including new allotments, and new village square containing neighbourhood facilities.
The community-led housing development has been created in partnership with the Kennett Community Land Trust (KCLT), an independent non-profit organisation established by local residents for the benefit of the local community.
Phil Rose, Head of Property at Palace Green Homes, which is part of East Cambs Trading Company, said: “We are very pleased to see this development take the next step in its journey. Community-led developments like these bring real social and economic benefits and that’s why we want to deliver more than just housing. Our development create more sustainable communities shaped around the priorities that matter to local people”
The Kennett Garden Village scheme would be the fifth and largest community-led development in East Cambridgeshire.
At April’s Planning Committee, the representative for Kennett Community Land Trust, Lynne McCallum, said: “Community Land Trusts exist to stop the fragmentation of local communities caused by the inability of local people to access local housing. Kennett Community Land Trust see this development benefitting the local community because it will offer housing priority to those with connections to the village.
“Kennett Community Land Trust will be given the opportunity to have a direct input and monitoring role regarding the quality of the buildings themselves. We will have the opportunity to build lovely homes for local people. Something our community can be very proud of.”