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Councillors join residents to fight Owlstone Croft plans

May 28, 2012 12:21 PM

Angry Liberal Democrat Councillors have joined residents in a fight to prevent 72 new homes being built on an historic Cambridge site.

The plans for the university student accommodation building Owlstone Croft, owned by Queens College, have prompted fierce opposition.

Residents fear the new estate will lead to traffic congestion and the potential destruction of the nearby Paradise Nature Reserve. They are also worried that there could be a flood risk.

Lib Dem Councillor, Lucy Nethsingha, who represents Newnham on the county council said: "This is a very sensitive and special location. Putting 72 homes on this site could have a devastating effect.

"There is already traffic congestion in Newnham at certain times of the day and this will just make it worse. The development is close to the primary school and I am worried that children could be put at risk."

Cambridge City Council's Development Plan Scrutiny Sub Committee meets tomorrow (May 29) to decide on whether the site should be recommended for further investigation and possible development.