December 6 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A row has erupted between two Suffolk villages and a growing town which wants to expand its boundary to include major new housing estates which could be worth millions of pounds in development fees.
The parish chairman of Onehouse and Combs are both strongly opposing the proposals put forward by Stowmarket Town Council which would see parts of the villages lost to the town.
Town councillors have called on Mid Suffolk District Council to carry out a review of its boundaries as parts of the Chilton Leys and Farriers Road/Poplar Hill developments - which could see almost 1,000 homes built - lie outside its borders.
Housing developers could be committed to spending millions of pounds to provide facilities for the estates - with a portion of the money likely to go to the town or parish councils.
But Ian Clark, chairman of Combs Parish Council, said he was “very concerned” the village should hold on to its share of the Farriers Road/Poplar Hill development. He said: “The boundary of Combs has been pushed back and back which is the reason why the church sits so far out of the village. In recent years we have lost some of our parish to Stowmarket.”
Ron Raisey, chairman of Onehouse Parish Council, said: “Quite a big proportion of the Chilton Leys development is within the parish boundary.
“The Section 106 money from developers - that money should be used for public amenities in the area. If it is in Stowmarket then Onehouse would not get the benefit which we are very much against.”
Parts of the Chilton Leys development is also in Haughley. No-one from the parish council was available to comment.
Town councillor Barry Salmon: “It does not seem right that we build every house to the west of the town and it goes to Haughley who do nothing to serve these properties.”
Town councillor David Whybrow said the council should engage with the villages and hear their views before the review goes ahead.