£18m village scheme starts in months

AN £18m scheme that will transform a village by relocating a rugby club to make way for more than 300 houses could start within three-months said developers.

AN £18m scheme that will transform a village by relocating a rugby club to make way for more than 300 houses could start within three-months said developers.

Plans to relocate Sudbury Rugby Club in Great Cornard, to make way for the multi-million pound housing scheme have been the source of controversy ever since they were revealed four years ago.

Bosses at Persimmon Homes, the developers leading the project, said all local concerns have now been addressed in the final details of the master plan and are confident it will get approved when it goes before Babergh district councillors in March.

Despite the optimism of the developers parish councillors have said they are still opposed to the scheme and look certain to continue fighting the plans.


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If the plans get the go ahead the rugby club will leaves is current Rugby Road home and set up a new headquarters at Blackhouse Lane.

The move would allow the club to build a new clubhouse, two new pitches and possibly an all weather pitch.

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The move would then pave the way for Persimmon Homes to build 306 homes on the Rugby Road site.

Persimmon Homes land director Martin Davidson said: "We believe we addressed all the local concerns in the detailed designs we have produced. Hopefully the local authority will grant consent. We hope to start work in the summer and complete the scheme by around 2009."

Many fear the development will generate too much traffic and create rat-runs through the village. Others have raised concerns over flood plain problems and the affect it will have on local wildlife.

Earlier this week parish councillors re-issued their opposition to the plans during a meeting with officials form the rugby club.

Councillor Tony Bavington said: "I have always been opposed to this development for a number of reasons. My first concern is that the proposed development accesses on Rugby Road and create a rat-run."

Rugby club spokesman Tom McConnell said: "In order to continue funding the club we need to be able to host entertainment events, which is not an option at the current site. The move would also hopefully put some money in the bank for us to live off."

Babergh District Council is expected to make a final decision on the plans in March.

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