Cheveley is a medium sized linear village located four miles south-east of Newmarket and close to the villages of Ashley and Saxon Street. The central part of Cheveley has been designated a Conservation Area and contains an early 14th Century church and a number of thatched cottages. The community of Cheveley Park and part of the fringe of Newmarket is considered to form part of Cheveley parish, although they are separate settlements. Cheveley has a good range of local services including a church, post office, village store, public house, primary school, community room (within the school) and recreation ground and sports pavilion. There is a regular bus service to Newmarket.
Cheveley is a thriving local community, with a number of distinct features. Policy 1 aims to preserve and enhance those special qualities.
Policy 1 for Cheveley: Local Character
It is important that Cheveley remains as a linear village within the bounds of its development envelope. We expect Cheveley to continue to grow at a slow rate, details of which are in policy 3.
Build development should respect the local character of the village with any new housing being sympathetic to the rest of the village e.g building materials, flint and brick walls, mainly two storey houses or bungalows with landscaped areas and not over densely sited. Cheveley is a very green village with many mature trees therefore this character should be maintained.
Protection of Cheveley’s open spaces is important as is the protection of the conservation area of the village which contains a number of listed buildings including the Grade I listed church.
For Cheveley a number of infrastructure items have been identified, by the local community in our current Community Plan. The following policy captures those items which are considered important and deliverable, and which any development in Cheveley should contribute towards.
Policy 2 for Cheveley: Infrastructure and Community Facilities
Development in Cheveley is expected to contribute towards the following identified infrastructure and community facilities priorities
- Traffic calming/highway improvements
- Improvement to the community room/a community centre
- Iprovements to pedestrian/cycle routes
- Improvements to the pavilion and recreation ground
- Need for more school places
- Improvements to public transport services
In Cheveley two sites for development have been identified with permission for a total of 16 properties, a third site has also been suggested which in the future could house 15-20 properties (estimate).
Policy 3 for Cheveley: Land within the Development Envelope
- 199-209 High Street – 15 properties (including some affordable housing) planning approved
- Star & Garter lane – 1 large property planning approved
- Home Office bungalows – potential future development site identified by the local community. Brown field which could house 15-20 properties (estimate).
- Further infill sites throughout the village – currently planning approval for 4 properties plus outline permission sought for a further 7
Development proposals will be expected to:
- Provide adequate open space and landscaping including trees
- Provide safe vehicular access from all roads
- Provide sufficient off road parking
- Provide adequate pedestrian links to the village amenities
- Ensure that the development is sympathetic to, and does not affect the setting of the nearby
- Preference should be given to brown field sites
Within the parish of Cheveley (North Ward) there has also been significant development of over 80 houses recently in Meadow Lane. We see further potential infill sites within this area (North Ward).