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Village with no shop, school, garage or health facilities unhappy at homes proposals

PUBLISHED: 14:28 10 March 2018

Public exhibition of plans for the development of the first phase of the Crown Nursery site in Ufford last year. Picture: TOM POTTER

Public exhibition of plans for the development of the first phase of the Crown Nursery site in Ufford last year. Picture: TOM POTTER

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More than 200 objections have been made by villagers angry over proposals for more development in a community where there are few facilities.

Villagers are angry that housing plans for Ufford take no account of its lack of facilities for residents. Picture: MIKE PAGEVillagers are angry that housing plans for Ufford take no account of its lack of facilities for residents. Picture: MIKE PAGE

Suffolk Coastal councillors are being recommended to back residents and refuse consent for the project for 34 new homes of which 12 would be affordable, a 60-bed care home and 22 business units on the Crown Nursery site at Ufford.

Ufford Parish Council has objected citing grounds of traffic and road safety, loss of habitat, the cumulative effect of developments in the village, and noise and disturbance.

The council said: “Ufford is classed as a Local Service Centre but in reality has very little services in the village.

“There is no shop, no school, no garage and no health facilities. Cars are required for even the shortest journeys as there are very few buses through the village, with none through Lower Ufford.

“It is likely that staff for the care home will come from neighbouring villages such as Eyke and Rendlesham through Lower Ufford. Other staff may travel from Woodbridge or further. These staff are often low paid and there are very few buses with none on a Sunday.

“A large number of the care home employees would be shift working, and there is no provision in the local bus services for night time workers, and no direct connections to outlying villages such as Eyke, Rendlesham, Bredfield, and so on.

“It is also noted that our local schools, both primary and secondary, are at capacity, and the doctors’ surgeries in Woodbridge are not taking any new patients.”

Landex Ltd has submitted the plans for the site next to another former part of the nursery where it is building 33 new homes.

In documents submitted to the council, Landex said the site was put forward in the council’s “call for sites” exercise and although not accepted, the company felt it had never been properly or thoroughly assessed. It said the development would mean the loss of the nursery but the new businesses and care home would create more jobs than those lost.

Suffolk Coastal’s planning committee is being recommended to refuse the project next Thursday.

Case officer Rachel Smith said the site was considered to be outside the village boundary and in the countryside.

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