Thursday, 8 August 2013

New Consultation Begins For ‘Pirate Island' After Application Amended

A new consultation has begun today (Wednesday 7 August) after a retrospective planning application for a recreational ‘pirate island’ near the A10 was amended.

A retrospective planning application for five wooden buildings that had been built at Lakeside View near Landbeach was submitted at the end of last month, but after the Council was able to access the site and assess the plans no details for the creation of the island that the buildings sit on had been included.

Rather than ask the applicant to start again, South Cambridgeshire District Council planners have agreed with them to amend the application and a new consultation has begun on the retrospective application for both the buildings and the island.

Challis Island is on private land and the facilities including a mock pub, cabins and a beach are for private recreational purposes.

The application states the 0.4 hectare island in the middle of the lake was created using the material dredged from the lake when it was cleaned up.

Cllr Nick Wright, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning and economic development, said: “We always work hard to help people with planning applications and by amending what had been submitted to include the creation of the island we can save time and money for all parties. Our initial view is that the development has little impact on anyone nearby but until we have assessed all the factors we cannot make any decision.”

The new consultation will gather views from consultees including the local parish council ecological and environmental experts.

To view and comment on the planning application visit www.scambs.gov.uk and click on the planning application tab. The reference number is S/1462/13/FL. The consultation closes on Thursday 22 August.