Framlingham: Group formed to tackle town’s housing concerns

Market Hill in Framlingham.

Market Hill in Framlingham. - Credit: Archant

A new organisation has been created to galvanise action against the perceived threat of inappropriate development in an east Suffolk town.

Framlingham Residents’ Association formed on Monday under the mission statement “preserving Fram’s heritage and promoting Fram’s future”.

It follows a number of heated meetings where growing concerns have been raised over the town’s infrastructure and its ability to cope with the volume of new housing proposed.

Addressing those issues, the association will be holding its first public event at the Unitarian Meeting House in Bridge Street on Saturday, when there will be plans on show highlighting the extent of new housing currently in the planning system.

Recent applications that have received particular opposition include Taylor Wimpey’s proposals to build 163 homes off Fairfield Road and Permisson Homes’ plans for 107 dwellings at Mount Pleasant.

Alexandra Lapot, who attended Monday’s meeting, said the group was hoping to harness the strength of feeling against these proposals and put it to constructive use.

“We’ve already managed to galvanise more views on this by pounding the streets and putting leaflets through doors than anything that has happened up until now,” she said.

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“This is really an opportunity for the town to pull itself together, say what it wants and put across its views that the infrastructure can’t cope with the housing as it stands –let alone with more.”

Visitors to the event will be invited to join the residents’ association and complete the town’s neighbourhood plan, which is hoped to offer a protection against inappropriate housing developments.

Framlingham Town Council, which has also been seeking greater support for the neighbourhood plan, said it had not been invited to the meeting, but would have appreciated the opportunity to co-operate.

“We need to be working together, not as separate entities,” said Eileen Coe, the town clerk.

Christopher Hudson, who chaired a busy public meeting into infrastructure earlier this month, has welcomed the group’s creation.

“It’s localism personified and I back it to the hilt,” he said.

“There seems to be a bit of momentum gathering in the town at the moment and I’m chuffed to bits.”

The event runs from 9am to 2.30pm at the Unitarian Meeting House.

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