Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Wickham Market: Concerns continue over plans to build 65 homes on land south of Featherbroom Gardens

12:00 21 November 2012

Concerns continue over plans to build 65 new homes in Wickham Market

Concerns continue over plans to build 65 new homes in Wickham Market

Archant

CAMPAIGNERS are continuing to voice concerns over the impact a new housing estate could have on their two villages.

shares

Hopkins Homes has tabled a bid with Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) to build 65 dwellings - 21 of which will be affordable homes – on land south of Featherbroom Gardens in Wickham Market. The proposals also include car parking, open space, landscaping and new access arrangements.

Wickham Market Parish Council is broadly supportive of the scheme but others have raised concerns about its potential impact, especially as it stretches to the parish boundary with neighbouring Pettistree. Dr Peter Elliott, who lives in Wickham Market, said 200 people had signed a petition against the development. He said he and others believed it was contrary to both local and national planing policy while the number of homes proposed represented an over development of the site and could potentially lead to “urban sprawl” into Pettistree.

“It’s not nimbyism,” he said. “We have a lot of people who have signed the petition from throughout the village. National planning policy says good quality agricultural land - which this is - shouldn’t be developed.” He said while he recognised the need for affordable housing in the village these should be in smaller units not “stuck on the edge of Wickham Market like a huge carbuncle.” He also said he felt residents were not listened to during the consultation process.

A number of people from both Wickham Market and Pettistree have written to SCDC echoing Mr Elliott’s comments, while among other issues they have also raised concerns over sewerage and traffic.

Wickham Market Parish Council is in favour of additional housing in the village and believes the site is appropriate, with members particularly keen to see more affordable homes. However they would like to see improvements to the current proposals for sewerage and landscaping. A spokeswoman for Hopkins Homes said they understood the petition included many people from outside the village. She said they were confident any concerns could be addressed, while the site had been identified by SCDC as suitable for 95 dwellings.

“We are obviously now proposing substantially less than this figure,” she said. “The proposed development fully respects the existing parish boundary with Pettistree, providing a robust landscaped, tree-lined soft edge in this sensitive location.” She said talks with statutory bodies had confirmed infrastructure was adequate and that extensive consultation had taken place with the local community.

SCDC is likely to decide the application in the New Year.

shares

1 comment

  • amazing hopkin homes building where they want again and the council allow it to happen, seems they can do what they want, cant imagine how that happens?

    Report this comment

    Carl Robinson

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

Firefighters extinguished a chimney blaze near Hadleigh on Wednesday night.

Strawberry Stores in Sudbury was hit by an armed robber

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Sudbury following an armed robbery at a convenience store in the town this afternoon.

The land on Church Lane, Claydon.

Proposals for a travellers’ site to the edge of a Suffolk village have been refused by the planning authority.

Essex Police escort a delegation from the Saudi embassy during a visit to Salary Brook in Greenstead, Colchester, to see the scene where Nahid Almanea was killed last June.

Detectives investigating the murder of Nahid Almanea met with officials from the Kingdom Saudi Arabia (KSA) in Colchester today.

Shirley Ison may have made a fatal error which caused her car to collide with a tree

Driver error is believed to be the cause of a road accident in which a woman was killed, it was ruled this week.

Easter fun at Kesgrave Library. Tabitha and Sebastion Degiorgio.

Eggs – chocolate and real ones – were on everyone’s minds as a library held a family event to mark the Easter season.

Extra trains for ITFC Fans

Extra train services have been arranged for Ipswich Town fans on Good Friday.

Hagon pleaded guilty to a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, March 31 to two years and eight months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years, after which he must take an extended test, Essex Police said.

A driver has been jailed for two years and eight months following a serious collision in High Garrett, near Braintree.

Planners have refused homes on vacant land at Felixstowe's Haven Exchange site.

Proposals for 61 homes near the Port of Felixstowe have been refused because of the need to keep as much employment land available as possible.

Chelmsford Crown Court

A woman has been left permanently disabled after a driver who had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs smashed into her car.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages