Comberton Objection to Endurance proposals published

Comberton Objects !

Comberton Parish Council submitted its evidence led objection to the  Retirement ‘Village’ to the SCDC Planning Portal on 16th June.

Comberton Parish Council Strongly Objects to the Proposed Retirement Village on the Land South of Branch Road, Comberton. This document states the reasons for that objection and concerns that our community has raised. A public meeting was held by Comberton Parish Council on 24th May to allow Parishioners to voice their opinion.

Comberton Parish Council is concerned that the number of discrepancies and omissions within the application lead to an incorrect view of the proposal. This is especially evident in the Green Belt Assessment, the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, the Balance Assessment and the Biodiversity Assessment.

Comberton Parish Council, representing current and future residents of Comberton, does not believe this application shows integration of the retirement complex into the village of Comberton and that a very separate community would be added to our thriving village.

The application does not reflect the needs of a C2 level development nor shows that this is the best location in the district for this development. The needs of future residents are not at the forefront of design, and the location and design do not have sustainability as a priority.

The impact on the rural village of Comberton is high. The location of an oversized, out of keeping set of buildings in the middle of a green lung space is insensitive and inappropriate. The necessary lighting and development will impact many species, including Red-listed birds and highly protected Barbastrelle bats.

The changes to Branch Road will forever change a rural lane and its verges and hedgerows. New paths across the recreation ground will change peaceful, rural areas of the village amenity. Proposed re-wilding of wild areas, in an effort to increase biodiversity figures, will cause great harm to the rural centre of our village.

Services for C2 and other residents over 65 have not been adequately considered. Both the GP Surgery and ICB have stated that the treatment rooms in the proposed clubhouse building cannot be used by the NHS for treatment. No adequate travel has been proposed to enable residents to get to the GP surgery. Comberton & Eversden GP Practice is already over capacity and does not have any more physical space to accommodate a larger patient list.

Residents are very concerned about impact to the drainage and sewage systems as the village regularly experiences flooding, both of rainwater but also sewage. The design suggests that this situation could be made worse.

You can read the whole response here… Parish Council Response Final 16-06-23

If you want to see the proposals from Inspired Villages / Endurance Estates
for development south of Branch Road Comberton click here

Comberton Objections expiry date extended !

 Some residents were unable to upload their comments on the 31st May
and so the deadline has been agreed with SCDC of the 9th June


Public Comments submitted by 1st June show
192 objectors from Comberton  and 1 supporter (from Cambridge)

If you want to see the proposals from Inspired Villages / Endurance Estates
for development south of Branch Road Comberton click here

Comments needed to be received by 31st May !

A PDF of the Comberton public meeting slides is here 

Public Meeting May 24th 2023

They might remind you of what was discussed,
or for you to see if you were unable to attend.


Two views from the east at the Rec extension and from the west end at Normandy Close
all from their Application Visuals  (today, one year after completion and 15 years after…)



Proposal: A hybrid planning application for the construction of an Integrated Retirement Community (IRC) of up to 200 extra care units (Use Class C2) with ancillary communal and care facilities and green space consisting of:

a) A full planning application for 24 Close Care Units and 32 Extra Care Units (Use Class C2), the Clubhouse, means of access, landscaping and open space, and all other associated works and infrastructure, and,

b) An outline planning application (all matters reserved except access) for up to 144 extra care units (Use Class C2) with ancillary communal and public open space, landscaping, solar generation and battery storage, and all other associated works and infrastructure.