max temp: 15°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Westleton: Village’s ‘scenic heart’ preserved

18:33 28 July 2014

Mike Page Aerials

Westleton 2009

Mike Page Aerials Westleton 2009


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.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

Community campaigners have saved the Duke of Marlborough Pub in Somersham from closure.

Campaigners are today making a toast to community spirit and tasting a hard-earned sip of success as their dream of saving a village pub becomes a reality.

The tiny kittens are now being cared for by a local vet

RSPCA inspectors are investigating after three baby kittens were found dumped in a bin bag in Essex earlier this month.

Nicola Urquhart, mother of Corrie McKeague, is appealing to the public for any information  to help search for her missing son.

As police desperately try to solve the mystery of how Corrie McKeague vanished from the centre of Bury St Edmunds five weeks ago, both his family and a former police detective believe someone else must be involved.

When do the clocks go back?

The clocks will wind back an hour this weekend, giving you an extra hour in bed.

Jane Main and Alexander Shindila, who won an international dance competition last week

An Ipswich couple have jived, waltzed and quickstepped their way to the top in an international competition – landing first place in the Miami world professional ten championships.

Construction site is not a playground safety warning. Mildenhall Road, Bury St Edmunds.

Building sites are not playgrounds, parents are being warned, as a construction company working on a large development in Suffolk reports several cases of trespass on their “extremely dangerous” site.

Mid Suffolk District Council in Needham Market.

Mid Suffolk District Council have apologised after admitting an “embarrassing” mistake was made in a letter sent to voters this week.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24