An “iconic” village would almost “double in size” if plans to replace part of a disused quarry with up to 340 homes go ahead.
The Barrington cement plant has sat empty since it was mothballed in 2008 but site owner CEMEX now plan to submit a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council to transform the Brownfield area of the quarry.
Barrington cement plant
The 100-year-old site, which once provided around 80 jobs for local residents, was decommissioned last year.
Vice chairman of Barrington Parish Council, Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp, says there are concerns because the housing development would be nearly as big as the village.
She said: “Barrington is one of the most iconic villages in the area with its greens and tranquil ambience.
“There is an understanding that something needs to be done with the site but this would almost double the size of the village, we do not have the infrastructure for so many new homes.”
At a parish council meeting last week CEMEX presented plans for between 250 and 340 homes on the Brownfield area which comprises 10 per cent of the quarry.
Cllr Rhodes-Kemp added: “The resounding response from the public at a previous meeting was no to the development, so in a way the parish council were slightly disappointed to see a further application being planned.
“It would also have an impact on Orwell, Harston and Haslingfield and does not form part of the Local Plan. We suspect residents may have the same view as before.”
District councillor for Barrington and Orwell, Aidan Van de Weyer, says the development could double the amount of traffic on the roads.
He said: “It would be like a whole new village, it would be tucked away a third of a mile from Barrington so it wouldn’t be very integrated and the primary school is already at capacity.”
CEMEX will hold a public display on the proposals on October 11 and 12.
Ian Southcott, of CEMEX, said: “We appreciate that a meeting in the village in January was not in favour of housing. However, at that time, there were no firm proposals and the company was considering various development options.
“We would now like to discuss with the village these proposals and get their feedback.”