Protest over plans for new town at Waterbeach

Campaigners fighting plans to build around 9,000 new homes near Waterbeach took their protest to the Council today, as they vote on whether or not to proceed with the plans. Campaigners say it will put a strain on local services and roads.

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Vote approves next stage of Waterbeach new town plans

Campiagners protest outside Council offices in Cambourne Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors in Cambridgeshire have voted to move forward with a controversial plan to build up to 9,000 homes near Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

Campaigners argued the development around the former army barracks site would destroy the countryside and put a strain on local services and roads.

But South Cambridgeshire District Council says it would provide much needed housing and is part of a local plan designed to meet growing demand in the area.

The vote means the proposals will go to the next stage of the planning process.

Protest against Waterbeach new town

Councillors in Cambridgeshire are today voting on controversial plans to build up to 9,000 homes near Waterbeach.

Campaigners argue the development around the former army barracks site would destroy the countryside and put a strain on local services, as well as roads such as the A10.

South Cambridgeshire District Council says it would provide much needed housing and is part of a larger local plan designed to meet growing demand in the area.

Click below to watch a short clip from Jane Williams fro Keep Waterbeach Rural.

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Peaceful protest over new town plans at Waterbeach

Council offices in Cambourne, campaigners against new town at Waterbeach Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners fighting plans to build a new town in Cambridgeshire have held a peaceful protest ahead of a council vote.

Councillors at South Cambridgeshire District Council are voting this morning on whether to push forward with the New Town Proposal, which includes plans to build up to 9000 homes near Waterbeach.

Peaceful protest outside South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambourne Credit: ITV Anglia News

Ahead of the meeting, members of Waterbeach Voice and Keep Waterbeach Rural gathered with placards outside the Council's headquarters in Cambourne.

The Council says the development would provide much-needed housing, but campaigners argue it would destroy countryside and put a strain on local services.

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