Fenland District Council has issued an immediate Article 4 Direction to protect an area of countryside near Chatteris, following the ongoing sale and development of some 100 so-called 'leisure' plots of land.
How Fen in Horseway, near Chatteris, has been sub-divided into plots and landowners are beginning to undertake developments and change the use of the land.
Due to the open countryside location, the number of plots and level of works being carried out over a wide area, the Council has introduced an immediate Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights and safeguard the character of the area.
It means specific developments such as walls, fences, gates, access tracks, temporary uses of land and use by caravans, which would otherwise not require an application for planning permission, will now not be allowed without planning permission being obtained first.
Whilst the restrictions take immediate effect, they are subject to consultation, with representations concerning the Article 4 Direction invited until 21 April 2022. Visit our Consultation page for more information.
The consultation responses will be considered by the Council and a decision will be made on whether to confirm the Direction within six months.
Cllr Dee Laws, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: "The sheer number of plots on the land concerned and the rural location meant that the Council needed to put this intervention in place. It will help to ensure that unchecked development does not take place to the detriment of the appearance and character of the countryside."
Article date: March 2022