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A consultation has begun on a new retrospective planning application for a recreational pirate island near Landbeach.

A consultation has begun on a new retrospective planning application for a recreational pirate island near Landbeach.

 

A consultation has begun on a new retrospective planning application for a recreational ‘pirate island’ near Landbeach.

South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) has begun the consultation, which runs until January 10, after an earlier application was withdrawn and revised new plans submitted.

The new application includes a bigger area of land containing trees and hedges that screen the site as well as the means of access.

By including the trees and hedges in the application they could be protected for the future.

Nearby residents and local parish councils have generally supported the plans during earlier consultations during the summer and SCDC has said their initial view is that the development has little impact on anyone nearby.

SCDC is yet to make any decision and is reiterating that no decisions will be made until all the factors have been assessed.

The original retrospective planning application was for five wooden buildings – including a mock pub and cabins – which had been built on a 0.4 hectare island at Lakeside View near Landbeach.

The island which is for private recreational use was created using the material dredged from the lake when it was cleaned up.

The new application also includes more detail on the access to the site, information on how the island was formed and how any additional waste materials from the lake were managed.

To view and comment on the application visit www.scambs.gov.uk, click on the ‘view planning application’ link and type in reference S/2407/13/FL.

Cllr Nick Wright, SCDC cabinet member for planning and economic development, said: “Although our initial view is that the development has little impact on anyone nearby, we want to make sure this remains the case in the future and it is good news the application includes the hedges and trees to make this easier to do.

“This consultation will give people a chance to have their say on the new retrospective planning application and no decision will be made until that has been done.

“If anyone is considering any development we always urge them to get in touch at the earliest possible stage so we can help them know what planning permissions might be needed.

“This is quicker, cheaper and more straightforward than building first and seeking planning permission afterwards.”

For all the latest sport see tomorrow’s (Boxing Day, Thursday, December 26) Echo.

 

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