Residents urged to respond to latest Mount Pleasant plans which could boost Framlingham homes by 95
The plans have been put forward by Persimmon Homes, at the same time as an application for 100 homes, thrown out by Suffolk Coastal District Council in February, is being appealed by the developer.
The new plans, if approved, will see a range of one- to five-bedrooms houses built on the greenfield site, including 31 affordable homes.
Late last week the Framlingham Residents Association (FRAm) issued a statement to local residents urging them to put their views into writing before the public consultation closes on August 25.
The statement reads: “This is when we most need to muster resistance.
“The developers have deep pockets and even deeper patience to play the long game. It is, after all, what they do. Whereas for the rest of us, this is on top of everything else that we do...caring for our families and trying to earn a living.
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“We have to start again and register our objections, otherwise the developer will claim that resistance to [the] scheme has evaporated now they have revised the plans.”
Members of FRAm have publicly voiced their concern at the plans, claiming that while Persimmon has said the development will bring 111 working aged residents to the town, it has not addressed where any new jobs will be created. The group has also said that the new development would put increased pressure on the town’s healthcare services, particularly Framlingham Surgery, which is already running over capacity, as well as other key infrastructure such as schools.
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Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times earlier this month, Martin Davidson, land director for Persimmon Homes Anglia, said: “The new application seeks to address concerns expressed by members of the council regarding the grouping of the affordable housing and other design issues.
“A reduction in the overall number of homes is just one amendment, along with measures in respect of infrastructure capacity of the town and an updated analysis of highways and traffic issues.
“Framlingham is identified as being capable of significant levels of growth and we remain of the view that this site is the most appropriate location in the town for such development.
“Our appeal, and that of Taylor Wimpey, against the refusal of the previous application is still proceeding with a hearing date set for January 2016.”
This latest application for Mount Pleasant comes at the same time that Taylor Wimpey’s plans for 163-homes off Fairfield Road are going through the appeal process, and work is already underway by Hopkins Homes to create a 99-home development on Station Road.
If all three developments were to go ahead, it would boost Framlingham’s housing numbers by 30%.
Government requirements mean Suffolk Coastal District Council must build at least 7,900 new homes in the district by 2027, with 350 of these to be built in Framlingham. Since 2010, around 100 houses have been built in the town, with a further 130 approved.