Tuesday, 1 October 2013

New Planning Application For ‘Pirate Island' Expected After Previous Version Withdrawn

A new retrospective planning application for a recreational ‘pirate island’ near Landbeach is expected later this month after earlier plans were withdrawn by the owners.

The new application will include 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 this summer and South Cambridgeshire District Council has said their initial view is that the development has little impact on anyone nearby. The Council 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 is also expected to include 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.

Once the owners submit the new application the District Council will carry out a consultation before any decision is made.

Cllr Nick Wright, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s 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 hope a new application including a larger area of land will make this easier to do. It is important to say that until we have assessed all of the information we cannot make any decision but we are pleased how the applicant has responded to the earlier consultation and taken the decision to withdraw the application and submit a new one.

“I would urge anyone considering any development to get in touch with us at the earliest possible stage to check what planning permissions might be needed as it is quicker, cheaper and more straightforward to have planning permission in place before you begin any work and build.”