max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Easton: Housing development is expected to receive a ‘mixed public reaction’

07:02 04 February 2014

A 17 home development has been proposed for Easton.

A 17 home development has been proposed for Easton.


Proposals for a new housing development in a small Suffolk village are expected to receive a “mixed reaction” at an upcoming meeting.


Hopkins & Moore’s application to build 17 dwellings, including five affordable homes, in Easton will be discussed at a special meeting of the parish council on February 24.

Parish chairman John Owen said he was unable to speak on behalf of the council before the meeting but felt there would be a “mixed reaction” among the villagers.

“I think there are going to be some in favour and quite a lot against,” he said.

“The advantage is that there is provision for car parking at the primary school for parents picking up and dropping off children and we’ve had a major problem in the village with cars blocking up traffic.

“The other view is that Easton is a small village with only 149 houses in it so 17 new ones is quite a high percentage to be adding.”

The proposed four acre site is located in The Street next to Easton Primary School. As part of the developer’s 106 agreement, the school has been offered extra land, some of which would be used to expand its parking facilities. A further contribution of at least £50,000 has been offered to help the school “adapt its facilities to cater for extra children”.

Headteacher Cheryl Singleton said that anything improving safety at the school was a “big plus”. “At the moment the children get dropped off at the other end of the school which is causing problems every day so anything that can help with that has to be good for us.”

The developer has also offered money to Suffolk Coastal District Council for use improving sporting facilities in the village.

Its application states there is: “broad based community support for this development which delivers affordable housing, family housing and an attractive development in a sustainable way”.

A spokesman for Hopkins & Moore said the site had been identified by Suffolk Coastal District Council as the preferred location for housing in the village.

The public are invited to raise their views on the development at Easton Parish Council’s special planning meeting at the village hall from 7pm on February 24.



Pedestrian rail crossing just off Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds.

Lifesaving police officers who pulled a drunk and suicidal man off the train tracks near Bury St Edmunds seconds before a train flew past are up for a national bravery award.

The number of complaints about Abellio Greater Anglia has risen.

The number of complaints handled by rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia increased by nearly 26% during the first three months of the current financial year according to new figures from the Office for Rail and Road (ORR).

All of the alleged sexual assaults happened on buses in Suffolk.

More needs to be done to empower women in Suffolk to come forward about sexual assaults, a campaigner has said.

Police attended the accidents

Police were called to several accidents on Suffolk roads this morning.

Woodbridge mayor Josh Sayles joined the founders and sponsors of the Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival to launch the 2015 festivities.

A weekend-long celebration of local food – with the emphasis on shellfish – is under way in a riverside Suffolk town.

Police are investigating the incident

Police are investigating an incident where a motorist failed to stop after an accident on the B1117.

The Seed Store, High Ash Farm Peasenhall, Highly Commended, Conservation and Conversion

Some of Suffolk’s finest building designs, extensions and conversions have been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

Delays on the A12 have been caused by a crash

Traffic delays on the A12 in Essex have been caused by an accident in Boreham.

Friars Street shops in Sudbury.

A controversial proposal to merge a parish council in west Suffolk with a neighbouring town council has been rejected by members of both bodies.

Could Broomhill Pool be on the brink of restoration?

Hopes of restoring Ipswich’s Broomhill Pool have today received a huge boost with the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has made an interim award to the project.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages