11:00 Thursday 12 June 2014

Former builder's yard in Haddenham subject of another planning appeal

Written byJORDAN DAY

A former builder’s yard which has been at the centre of a planning row for almost a decade is now the subject of another appeal.

The site in Hod Hall Lane, Haddenham, has been at the centre of controversy between villagers and developers for almost 10 years.

The Ruszkiewicz family have wanted to pitch caravans and trailers at the site and have submitted four separate planning applications over the years - all of which have been rejected by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

But following the fourth rejection, Mr Ruszkiewicz then appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, who ruled against the council earlier this year, meaning the traveller pitch proposals could go ahead.

However, Mr Ruszkiewicz then applied for planning permission to build up to four new residential dwelling on the land instead.

Those proposals were then rejected by the authority’s planning committee, who followed planning officer Sue Finlayson’s recommendations, last winter.

The committee heard that the council received three letters of objection from nearby residents. Local district and county councillor Bill Hunt and district councillor Pauline Wilson were also against the plans.

The Ruszkiewicz family have now lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate against the council’s latest decision.

Residents have until July 10 to have their say on the appeal.

To have your say, visit the district council offices in Nutholt Lane, Ely, or go to www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs.

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