Concerns have been raised that a potential development of 110 homes could add to the flooding risk in a Suffolk town that was hit badly during Storm Babet.

Councillors have issued the warning about developer Bellway Homes' plans to build on land to the east of Woodbridge Road in Framlingham, which has not been designated for housing in the town's neighbourhood plan.

Instead, the greenfield site close to the junction with Fairfield Road and next to a Taylor Wimpey development, has been slated for employment use in the plan.

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Councillor Simon Garrett, chair of planning at Framlingham Town Council, said a third of the land is being developed for business use, in accordance with the neighbourhood plan, while the proposed homes will be built on the remaining two thirds.

But he said the town had already exceeded its new housing target because there was a lot of development in the 2010s.

"The area was flooded during Storm Babet back in the autumn so we would be concerned about the flood risk and the impact on neighbouring housing," Mr Garrett said.

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Although he could not speak for the town council, he believed other councillors were unlikely to back further housing developments in the town for the next five years due to the number of homes that had been recently built, putting pressure on infrastructure.

His views were echoed by East Suffolk councillor Vince Langdon-Morris, who represents Framlingham and was also concerned about the impact on infrastructure, especially schools and doctors surgeries.

He also wanted more social housing to be built in the town, fearing the homes would be in the £300,000 to £400,000 price range.

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Bellway Homes is holding a consultation into the potential development at the Castle Community Rooms in Framlingham this Friday (April 12) from 4pm to 8pm.

Mr Langdon-Morris said: "I think we have enough housing in Framlingham now. I think we have achieved our housing targets and let's see what comes out of this consultation."

However, Ben Stacey, strategic land director for Bellway Strategic Land, said a flood plan had already been created.

He added: "This is an important site which presents an opportunity to bring energy-efficient homes, employment units and landscaped green spaces to Framlingham.

“We have taken the decision to consult with residents at an early stage in the process to ensure their views can be taken onboard before a planning application is submitted.

“Although these are preliminary proposals, we have already outlined a thorough plan to prevent flooding, demonstrated how planting trees and wildflowers can increase the amount of wildlife on site and considered how the employment units could be designed to encourage both start-up and established businesses to the town.”

A planning application is yet to be submitted.

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