Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Decision day looms in Woolpit as plans for 250 homes all recommended for approval

PUBLISHED: 14:03 04 September 2017

The village sign in Woolpit. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The village sign in Woolpit. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant

Plans for nearly 250 homes in a central Suffolk village will be decided this week, as the latest tranche of developments in the area come forward.

Villagers in Woolpit will find out whether the three separate applications will be granted planning permission on Wednesday.

The latest applications come as neighbouring Elmswell and nearby Thurston also face more than 1,000 homes between them. In Thurston 650 homes were granted permission in July.

All three of the applications have been recommended for approval to Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning referrals committee.

The largest is for outline planning permission 120 homes on land south of Old Stowmarket Road, submitted by developers Pigeon, with New Hall Properties applying for outline permission for 79 homes on land to the north.

The third application is for full permission for 49 homes on land on the east side of Green Road. Mid Suffolk is currently failing to meet government housing targets and has no up to date local plan.

This means national policy overrides any existing local policy, with a presumption in favour of house building.

As a result there have been applications for thousands of homes in the district, particularly along the A14 corridor, in the past two years.

The three applications, which are being heard together so councillors can assess “cumulative impact” are all objected to by Woolpit Parish Council.

In response they stated: “Woolpit Parish Council is concerned at the potential rate at which this and other possible developments could produce new housing in the village.

“The general infrastructure of Woolpit requires time to evolve and absorb new residents at a reasonable speed as development takes place.

“There is unease that new developments will result in Woolpit losing its ‘village feel’ and for it to become ‘a town’.

“The application should not be considered in isolation but as one of several at the application or pre-application stage which together could add some 700 homes to the existing 900 in Woolpit.”

The meeting will be held at 9.30am on Wednesday in the council chamber, Needham Market.

An investigation is due to begin into the cause of a fire which broke out in a high rise block of flats in Ipswich.

At least two people have been injured in a blaze which broke out in a high rise block of flats in Ipswich this evening.

Police have officially stood down their response to an incident in central London.

Ipswich council’s executive is set to confirm the compulsory purchase of two homes in the town on Tuesday.

Two children witnessed a man committing a lewd act in an Ipswich park, police have revealed.

Witnesses are being sought after cash and jewellery were stolen during a daytime burglary in Capel St Mary.

Beloved family pet dog Toby, a four-year-old black sprocker spaniel, has been missing in the Kersey area of Suffolk for over a week.

Suffolk police are appealing for help from the public to find a missing Ipswich teenager.

Police have named a 23-year-old man from Ipswich who died in a crash in Long Melford on Wednesday.

Today is Black Friday, a day where shops across the country reduce their prices for 24-hours. We asked people in Ipswich what they thought of the Black Friday deals.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24