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Plans submitted for 52 new homes in Fordham

Plans have been submitted for an Ashberry Homes development which could bring 52 new homes to Fordham.

The land off Soham Road already has outline consent for new homes to be built.

Ashberry Homes intends to build one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, of which 21 would be designated as affordable housing. The plans have been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council for approval.

Phil Standen, Regional Managing Director for Ashberry Homes Eastern Counties, said: “This site has been identified as a suitable location to bring new homes to Fordham. We have worked with the local authority’s planning team to create detailed proposals which we believe make optimal use of the land.

“It is important that we build homes that meet the needs of people in Fordham and of people looking to move to the village. After researching the local market, we have planned a scheme which includes one, two, three and four-bedroom homes. There would be seven bungalows, along with a range of traditional two-storey properties.

“We would create green open spaces throughout the site, totalling almost one acre. The focal point would be a central area modelled on a village green, featuring a children’s play area. Smaller open spaces would be spread through the development.”

Ashberry Homes would make contributions to local infrastructure as part of the outline planning agreement, which was approved in 2018. This will include £37,000 towards improvements to the A142/Fordham Road/A1123 roundabout.

A new access road would be created at the entrance to the site off Soham Road. Footpaths would be installed throughout the development, linking the new homes to the site entrance.

The Huntingdon-based developer would also plant new trees and hedgerows and create swales to encourage biodiversity.

Ashberry Homes retained its five-star rating from the Home Builders Federation in 2020, which means that more than 90 per cent of customers would recommend the housebuilder to friends or family. For more information see AshberryHomes.co.uk.