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Westleton: Village’s ‘scenic heart’ preserved

PUBLISHED: 18:33 28 July 2014

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Housing proposals for the “scenic heart of a scenic village” in east Suffolk have been rejected after meeting opposition.

Councillors and residents in Westleton, near Leiston, made impassioned pleas against the application to build a single storey dwelling overlooking a much-loved pond in the village.

Westleton’s parish chairman, Arlette Smith, told Suffolk Coastal District Council’s north area planning committee meeting the pond was the highlight of a “very special village”, which would be “ruined” by the development.

Meanwhile, resident Peter Hecker said he knew of no one in the village, other than the applicant, who supported the scheme.“It would destroy the tranquil ambience of the village,” he added.

The application was submitted by John Felton-Whitcher, the owner of Westleton House, which is next to the proposed site, and had itself been converted into two homes. He said the proposal would improve the site where there is currently a garage.

Westleton’s district councillor Barry Slater said that while villagers were “realistic” about Mr Felton-Whitcher’s previous plans, they were “not prepared to go along with this attempt to shoehorn in a third dwelling in a very small site – especially here in the very heart of the village”.

Committee members agreed unanimously with the local representatives and rejected the application.

Michael Gower said the development would “massively increase pressure on a very special location”, which committee chairman Debbie McCallum described as the “scenic heart of a scenic village”.

The project architect Bob Davis, speaking after the meeting, said they would be appealing. “At the moment there’s a very ugly garage, as admitted by the council, but they just don’t want to see any change,” he said.

A 50-year-old man from Cambridgeshire who was arrested after a fatal crash on the A140 on Tuesday will appear in court tomorrow to face dangerous driving charges.

Emergency services including firefighters, police and paramedics are at the scene of a serious crash in Lowestoft.

An Essex father who threw a corrosive liquid at a teenager outside a popular restaurant in Walton-on-the-Naze will now face years behind bars.

A jealous Suffolk man who fired a BB gun at a car after finding text messages from the vehicle’s owner on his partner’s phone has been jailed for ten months.

A group of men from London are facing drugs charges and money laundering offences after a police chase on the A14 at the weekend.

A former geography teacher from Essex says that schoolchildren should be taught more about what to do if a natural disaster occurs after getting caught up in the earthquake which hit Kos last week.

Drivers heading home from work in west Suffolk this evening could face long delays on the A11 after a lorry tipped over on the southbound carriageway near Barton Mills.

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