Drop-in session hears ‘grave concerns’ over prospect of new housing at historic site

The Leave the Layers Alone drop in event Picture: BELINDA MOORE

The Leave the Layers Alone drop in event Picture: BELINDA MOORE - Credit: Belinda Moore

A drop-in session held to highlight concerns about the possible development on a historic Suffolk site was attended by more than 100 people.

The Leave the Layers Alone event, which took place at Saxmundham Market Hall on Saturday, is reported to have heard “grave concerns” about the prospective development between Saxmundham and Benhall.

“People are genuinely horrified by the extent of the potential development,” said Geraldine Barker, who was volunteering at the drop-in.

Concerns varied from the loss of the historic Layers to the impact of extra housing on infrastructure.

Sarah Pastor, a local businessman said the number or homes in Saxmundham had doubled in 20 years.

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“Our road system and sewage system are already buckling,” she added.

Visitors were encouraged to respond to Suffolk Coastal District Council’s draft Local Plan before consultation ends on Friday, September.

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