Campaigners’ delight as council opposes plans for new homes
Community leaders are opposing plans for nearly 70 new homes in a Suffolk village.
Developers have been hoping to build homes on three sites in Fressingfield, in John Shepherd Road, Stradbroke Road and Post Mill Lane, for a number of years.
However, councillors at Fressingfield Parish Council highlighted a range of concerns regarding the plans, including issues on sewage - with overflowing water a recurring problem in the village.
The council's decision to oppose the plans has been welcomed by campaigners fighting further developments in the village.
Parish council clerk Andy Parris said: "We have concerns about drainage and sewage. The council feels this needs to be addressed before any new homes are approved.
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"We also have concerns about traffic and road safety in the village."
Proposals to build new homes in Fressingfield stem back several years.
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An original submission by developer Simon Brown to build up to 85 homes and a store in Stradbroke Road was rejected by Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) in November 2018.
The plans were resubmitted for a drastically smaller development of 21 homes.
Meanwhile, FG Brown has applied to build 27 homes near John Shepherd Road and CE Davidson has earmarked Post Mill Lane as a site for 18 homes.
The original plans were blocked by MSDC in November 2018.
The renewed applications have caused concern among villagers.
A previous survey by Supporters Against Fressingfield Expansion (SAFE) found that 94% of residents were against further housing developments in the village.
SAFE chairman John Castro said: "We're absolutely delighted that the parish council are opposing the new plans. We think that this reflects the viewpoint of the village."
Fressingfield resident Patricia Savage added: "A village cannot and should not remain unchanged. Development is necessary if it is to survive and thrive.
"But this must not be on a scale that will destroy its character and soul.
"To grant permission for the new homes being proposed would be environmental vandalism."