Plans to build 18 affordable homes in Linton have been approved, despite warnings that the lack of a filter lane will cause huge traffic delays.
South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) approved the development, following demolition of four existing homes and the former police station on the south side of the A1307.
However, there will not be a right turn filter lane fitted along the road eastbound, meaning already long rush hour tailbacks will be increased as traffic turning into the development holds up the road.
Furthermore, the development got the green light despite SCDC having policy CH10 to prevent development in Linton south of the A1307 due to the road being over capacity.
SCDC Cllr and Linton Parish Council chairman Roger Hickford spoke against the development unless a filter lane was installed as part of the plans.
“It’s good to be getting affordable housing but it has to be managed in the right way,” he said.
“SCDC depend on Cambridgeshire County Council for highways advice and they didn’t oppose it as the road is too narrow for a filter lane, but I’m not sure if the highways department is working in a joined up way at the moment.
“People are in disbelief as they know what the road is like already. The developers’ own figures say there will be 43 extra vehicles per hour in morning peak times and 60 in the evening – from 3pm to 6pm that’s 180 extra vehicles.
“Lots of people are very angry and upset about this decision but it’s gone through now.”
Cambridgeshire County Council said the road could not have a filter lane as each lane needs to be at least three metres wide and that section of the road is only seven metres wide.
SCDC may look at having a 30mph limit there and they took the filter lane decision after county council advice.
The CH10 policy was ignored due to the need for more affordable homes.
A SCDC spokeswoman said: “When the county council, who are responsible for highways, were consulted on the planning application they did not require a filter lane.
“Given local concerns it was explored as an option, but the width of the road is inadequate to accommodate it.”
Work on the homes is expected to begin in October, with the homes built by that time next year.
The developer, Hundred Houses Society, said: “We are very pleased to be able to provide affordable housing in the village of Linton and look forward to adding to the existing affordable homes we already have there.”
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