Framlingham Residents Association plans to flood town with traffic to highlight problems with new housing developments
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Campaigners are planning to flood an east Suffolk town with traffic next week as a demonstration of the problems they say new housing will bring.
Framlingham Residents’ Association (FRAm) is rallying its members to fill every parking space in the town and crowd the roads with vehicles to send a message to planners that it cannot cope with the hundreds of new homes being proposed.
The group’s call to “action stations” is being held on Monday to coincide with two site visits scheduled by Suffolk Coastal District Council’s north area planning committee.
Councillors are due to attend Fairfield Road, where Taylor Wimpey plans to build 163 new homes, and Mount Pleasant, where Persimmon Homes has submitted plans for a further 107.
FRAm has raised concerns that the new housing will place an unmanageable strain on Framlingham’s roads and parking places as well as the town’s doctors surgery and schools. Members are also opposed to building on greenfield sites.
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Alexandra Lapot, a spokesman for the group, said the action was hoped to “positively influence” the committee.
It comes as part of a heightened publicity campaign that has seen the group print hundreds of “Say NO to greenfield developments” posters, which it has distributed to households.
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Ms Lapot said the public response was “incredible”.
“The strength of feeling that these greenfield sites have in the residents’ hearts is absolutely extraordinary,” she added.
“Everyone accepts the fact that housing is needed but I’ve not heard one person agree with the sites in question.
“The town will not be able to cope, as I hope will be demonstrated on Monday. Even 100 more people in the town using the roads at specific times of the day will make it unbearable.
“It’s already difficult to park, the doctors have said they cannot cope and it’s going to make everyone’s life in the town markedly worse.”
Geoff Holdcroft, who is responsible for planning at SCDC, said he welcomed people expressing their opinion on applications, and stressed they should also put their comments in writing through the proper channels.
“I would also remind people that they have the opportunity to attend the meeting, when the application will be discussed and considered by the committee,” he added.
Neither Taylor Wimpey nor Persimmon Homes were available for comment.
A Taylor Wimpey spokesman has previously said, however, that the scheme would deal with infrastructure issues and offer “much-needed” affordable housing and a financial contribution to the local community.
Representatives of FRAm will be in the Co-op foyer from 6pm to 7.30pm every day until Friday, handing out posters and gathering support.
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