Recent planning applications

The following local applications have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

17/01901/FUL
Coveney
Loledor, 2 Hale Fen Lane, Wardy Hill CB6 2DS
Erection of 4 bed house and garage.

17/01787/FUL
Little Downham
The Cottage, Four Balls Farm, Hundred Foot Bank, Pymoor
Erection of L shaped stables consisting of 5 stables, a tack room, hay store and storage area.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages.If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

Recent planning applications

The following local applications have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

17/01841/FUL
Little Downham
Hereward House, 66 Main Street, Little Downham
First floor extension above existing ground floor, kitchen/conservatory.

17/01842/FUL
Sutton
4 Mostyn Close, Sutton CB6 2QJ
Proposed single-storey rear extension, garage and part carport conversions.

17/01866/FUL
Sutton
Foxgloves, 20 Pound Lane, Sutton
First floor extension above existing double garage.

17/01694/OUT
Witchford
Hereward House, Ely Road, Witchford
Proposed dwelling.

17/01709/FUL
Witchford
148 Main Street, Witchford CB6 2HP
Single storey side extension.

17/01809/OUT
Witchford
Site to South of 7 Manor Court Road, Witchford
Demolition of existing industrial unit and construction of three residential dwellings.

17/01825/FUL
Witchford
9 Marroway Lane, Witchford CB6 2HU
First floor extension over existing garage to front elevation.

17/01832/FUL
Witchford
2 Bedwell Hey Lane, Witchford CB6 2JN
Extension of the existing property.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages.If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

Lib Dem victory in cold calling clamp-down demand

The government have accepted Liberal Democrat proposals to clamp down on cold calling.

The changes will see tough new regulations on claims management companies who undertake cold calling.

Speaking in the Lords last night, Ministers declared that the government will accept Liberal Democrat proposals into the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill.

This is a victory for Liberal Democrat peers John Sharkey and Susan Kramer, who have been leading the charge against cold calling and follows a similar victory last week.

Commenting after the announcement, John Sharkey said:

“Cold calling is one of the great scourges of modern life, but it is not merely annoying, it can lead to many vulnerable and innocent people signing up for things they don’t want, don’t need and can’t afford. I am delighted that the government has accepted our arguments.

“A third of private phone calls in the UK are now cold calls, a colossal 2.6m every month. This is a 180% increase in just ten months. The public deserve peace from this cacophony.

“Our aim is not to put claim management companies out of business. They can continue to advertise and attract customers, but if this goes through they will no longer be able to pester the public with unsolicited calls.”

Witchford issues on the agenda for Planning Committee

East Cambs District Council’s planning committee meets this coming Wednesday afternoon (1 November), with two Witchford issues on a busy agenda.

Application 17/00261/OUM is for up to 46 dwellings, together with associated public open space, landscaping, highways and drainage infrastructure works. It’s the site next to West End Close, opposite Needhams, which has already been to the planning committee in May. At that time, the committee delegated approval to the planning manager, subject to satisfactory legal agreements and conditions. It’s come back again to be considered in the light of the draft Local Plan which has now been agreed. However, officers are still recommending councillors to approve it.

One significant issue is the contribution to be made by the developer to education in Witchford. The report says ‘the applicant has agreed to the principle of making an education contribution but not at the level requested by County Education. Discussions are ongoing with County to ascertain an appropriate level of contribution in scale and kind to the development proposed.’
Report here
Map here

TPO E/09/17 is a request for confirmation of a tree preservation order for two groups of ash trees north of Orton Drive, referred to the committee following an objection. The trees are in the area where Gladmans wanted to build 55 homes north of Marroway Lane, an application refused by the council in March.
Report here
Map here

Witcham litter pick

A beautiful day for a litter pick in Witcham. A well organised event, plenty of volunteers, a pleasant stroll down The Slade in the sunshine with my litter-pick partner Frances, and lots of bags filled with empty drink cans, crisp packets, chocolate wrappers, and general rubbish. We had to leave the traffic cone we found under the hedge!

Recent planning applications

The following local applications have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

17/01751/FUL
Little Downham
10 Bury Green, Little Downham CB6 2UH
Single storey rear extension.

17/01794/FUL
Little Downham
Poplar Farm, 2 Fourth Drove Little Downham
Replacement dwelling.

17/01798/FUL
Little Downham
5 Bishops Close, Little Downham CB6 2TQ
Two storey side extension plus front and rear single storey extension (see 16/01778/FUL).

17/01800/OUT
Sutton
123 High Street, Sutton CB6 2NR
Erection of nine two-storey dwellings, garages, and associated works following the demolition of the existing bungalow.

17/01792/FUL
Witchford
Land adjacent to 39 Manor Close, Witchford
New dwelling.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages.If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

New ambulance standards

New ambulance standards are about to be introduced across the country, following trials in a number of locations.  Here in Cambridgeshire, the change is set to take place this month.

Under current national standards, ambulance services are allowed up to 60 seconds from receiving a call to sending a vehicle. Ambulance services are measured on how long it takes from receiving a 999 call to a vehicle arriving with the patient, and life-threatening and emergency calls should be responded to in eight minutes. This target however has not been met for the last two years.

Under the new standards, when you call 999 and ask for the ambulance service, the call handler will ask a few questions to assign your call into one of four different categories:

  • life-threatening (Category 1)
  • emergency (Category 2)
  • urgent (Category 3) and
  • less urgent (Category 4).

Each category will have different response times and standards. The link above contains a short animation about each call category.

The trials that have been carried out have been closely monitored and appear to have freed up capacity to respond appropriately to emergencies without compromising patient safety. While this is encouraging, it’s important that the new standards continue to be monitored, and to recognise that while they may help, they won’t in themselves solve all the challenges faced by our under-pressure ambulance services.

Image by Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Highways depot open day

This morning saw the annual open day for councillors at the Witchford highways depot. We were offered a bus tour to see different types of road surfacing, and watch gully emptying. Unfortunately the Dragon Patcher machine wasn’t out on Engine Bank in Mepal as intended, but it eventually went on display at the depot, breathing fire as promised.

Council officers were on hand to answer our questions on a variety of highways topics. One of the most moving conversations was with road safety education officer Matt Staton.

Aaron Cook from Willingham was just 19 years old when he and his motorbike were in a collision with a skip lorry on the road between Histon and Cottenham. He suffered multiple and fatal injuries. His courageous family have allowed the remains of his bike to be used to educate local young people about safety on our roads. Matt runs the council’s Cambs Drive IQ programme for novice and young drivers.

Recent planning applications

The following local applications have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

17/01738/FUL
Mepal
The Three Pickerels, 19 Bridge Road, Mepal
Extensions, loft conversion and alterations plus change of use from public house to hotel.

17/01728/FUL
Sutton
Unit 5 & 6 Sterling Place, Elean Business Park, Sutton
Retain chiller cover building extension.

17/01768/FUL
Sutton
48 Bellairs, Sutton, Ely CB6 2RW
Proposed bedroom extensions to existing dwelling.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages.If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.