Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Long Melford: Inspector set to decide future of 51-home scheme

10:00 24 February 2014

The entrance to the former Fleetwood Caravans site in Long Melford, where David Wilson Homes hopes to build 51 new properties.

The entrance to the former Fleetwood Caravans site in Long Melford, where David Wilson Homes hopes to build 51 new properties.

Villagers who have been campaigning for more than a year against a 51-home development in the heart of their village are awaiting the outcome of a public inquiry.

shares

David Wilson Homes submitted plans to develop the former Fleetwood Caravans factory site at Long Melford but the scheme was rejected by Babergh District Council last June on the grounds of pedestrian safety.

Council officers backed the proposal but the planning committee said access to the site – including roads and pavements – was “inadequate and dangerous”.

Committee members were concerned that the development would lead to the loss of employment land and an increase in demand for parking on the busy main street. They were also unhappy about the number of buildings included in the scheme.

However following the knock back, David Wilson Homes submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State and a three-day public inquiry took place last week at Hadleigh Town Hall.

Despite ongoing protests from more than 50 Long Melford residents, the company claims it has support from many who are keen to secure more affordable housing for the village.

But the protestors including members of the Fleetwood Caravans Neighbourhood Group turned out in force, hiring a 33-seater bus to take them to the hearing, which started last Tuesday. A planning inspector heard arguments for and against the scheme, which would include 18 affordable homes.

Long Melford Parish Council submitted a detailed response to the inspector focusing on the technical aspects of the site.

Council chairman Peter Turner stressed that villagers were not against development, but he said they believed the number of homes proposed for the site should be reduced.

He added: “We are certainly not ‘nimbys’ or anti-development and we accept that the Fleetwood site has been earmarked for some sort of development.

“Our main concern is that the development as proposed by David Wilson Homes compromises pedestrian safety because of the narrow access road and the lack of footpaths.”

Following the inquiry, a spokesman for the developer said: “David Wilson Homes believes that this sustainably located scheme provides safe vehicular and pedestrian access together with a number of community benefits such as affordable housing and public open space.

“We made our case to the inspector and look forward to receiving her decision in due course.”

shares

0 comments

Libby Brown headteacher at Kyson Primary, Woodbridge.

A board of school governors has launched a fierce attack on Suffolk County Council, accusing it of putting their headteacher through a “painful and protracted ordeal” – stopping her from working for almost two months.

Damaged bridge at Blunts Hall between Witham and Hatfield Peverel. Picture: Network Rail

Many services travelling between Ipswich, north Essex and London faced disruption this morning as emergency repair work on a bridge at Hatfield Peverel continues.

Barclays bank on Princes Street in Ipswich.

Two more men have been arrested after a fight which ended up closing Barclays bank in Ipswich town centre.

Carrie Willis is pictured at Ipswich Art School with the jug.

The mother of the little boy who accidentally broke a puzzle jug in a Christchurch Mansion mishap has contacted museums service staff in Ipswich to tell them how happy he is that the historic piece has been repaired.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich was evacuated for an hour today after a man was seen acting suspiciously in the car park.

Large crowds during the Maverick Festival

Maverick Festival director Paul Spencer says people have accused him of “making a deal with the devil” when it comes to the weather on the first weekend of July.

The A14

A caravan has overturned on the westbound carriageway of the A14 near Stowmarket.

Tom Odell performs at Thetford High lodge in the last of the Forestry commission summer open air concerts of 2015 - Lee Blanchflower

Singer-songwriter Tom Odell took to the stage at Thetford Forest last night to play out the final show of the Forest Live concert series in Suffolk.

Mandy Hearle launches her Ping project

A fundraiser who last year completed a daily dare day for global emergency medical aid has taken on an equally ambitious venture for 2015.

At Ipswich Hospital, the number of days lost due to ill-health fell from 25,790 in 2013/14 to 23,547 in 2014/15  a fall of 9% in a year.

The number of days lost due to staff sickness at Suffolk’s two main hospitals has fallen over the last year.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages