Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

Melton: Opponents to Yarmouth Road housing plans highlight concerns

PUBLISHED: 12:46 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 17:54 25 June 2014

The site of the Yarmouth Road homes application in Melton.

The site of the Yarmouth Road homes application in Melton.

Archant

Opponents of an east Suffolk housing development are preparing for a hard-fought battle to the bitter end.

Melton Parish Council’s planning committee warned dozens of villagers at Monday’s meeting that it would face major challenges opposing the latest housing proposal in the village – despite it falling outside permitted boundaries for development.

Planning chairman Geof Butterwick said Suffolk Coastal District Council’s lack of a five-year housing land supply had left a “loophole through which every developer was clambering”. He said: “If a council doesn’t have a five- year supply of housing the developer can do what they like.”

Although the proposals for up to 156 dwellings, a 60-bed nursing home and 50 assisted living flats at Yarmouth Road falls outside the settlement boundary for permitted development, Mr Butterwick said he was confident any refusal would be appealed. “We will just have to pray the planning inspector makes the right decision,” he said.

Despite the challenges, Mr Butterwick felt problems with traffic congestion and the development’s lack of sustainability could offer legitimate grounds to refuse.

Residents attending the meeting also highlighted concerns about the development’s impact on the village. They had been expecting to learn more about the proposal from planning consultant Richard Brown, but were left disappointed by his absence.

Mr Brown told the parish council in advance that he would be postponing his attendance while he made changes to the plans based on
feedback from a public exhibition held earlier this month.

Speaking after the meeting, he said: “I can fully understand why certain villagers may be frustrated by the development falling outside the settlement boundaries but within Suffolk Coastal there’s also a pressing need to provide open market housing and until the local plan gets updated this is how the planning will be dealt with.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Fifteen people have been arrested in the last two years for begging for money or sleeping rough on the streets of Suffolk.

A driver hurt in a serious crash which saw two people run away from the scene was taken to hospital for treatment overnight, police have said.

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy what is thought to be Ipswich’s first ever performance of a world-famous piece of music from 1610.

A flat has been boarded up and its tenant evicted after a court heard it had been used for drug-dealing and was at the centre of anti-social behaviour.

A 13-year-old boy from Frinton who was missing for 12 days has been found by officers in Essex today.

Two extremely neglected German shepherds from Suffolk feature in a new RSPCA report revealing the scale of animal abuse in the region.

Suffolk New College is preparing to open the doors to its new £400,000 Fabrication and Welding Centre.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24