Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C


Stowmarket: Town council under fire for trying to grab “land and money” from the villages of Combs and Onehouse

06:00 15 April 2014

Stowmarket Town Council's offices

Stowmarket Town Council's offices


The leaders of two parishes have criticised a town council for attempting to grab their “land and money” as proposals to expand its boundaries are put forward.

Stowmarket Town Council has come under fire from Combs and Onehouse parish councils, which argue the town’s borders have already encroached too far into their villages.

Ian Clark, chairman of Combs Parish Council, claimed the town was attempting a “land-grab”.

Ron Raisey, chairman of Onehouse Parish Council, said Stowmarket was trying to increase the boundary so it could up its existing 20,000 population to attract retail players to invest in the town centre.

The town council has put forward the proposals at a time when Stowmarket is due to expand with around 1,500 homes earmarked to be built over the next 13 years.

Mr Clark said his council had sent a letter to Mid Suffolk District Council, which will ultimately decided whether the proposals go ahead, as part of a consultation into the matter which finished yesterday.

“We just think it’s a land grab –they want the income, I do not see any benefit to the resident, only benefit to the town council who want to take in more money,” Mr Clark said.

“Stowmarket has bit by bit by bit eaten into Combs year-by-year and it’s relentless; they keeping telling us it’s the last time but they keep coming back every few years and grabbing a bit more – it just goes on.”

Mr Raisey said: “We are opposed to it, we feel it should stay within the Onehouse boundary, it’s really as simple as that.

“The residents who live in Union Road, which is going to be included, are all against it – it would take in a huge amount of the parish.

“They are saying in their view that they have so much to offer for the residents but basically all they run is the cinema and cemetery – they do not run anything else, the rest is run by the district council.”

The town council has called for the boundary to include planned new developments including Chilton Leys, which would currently lie mostly in Onehouse, and the Farriers Road/Poplar Hill development, which would include part of Combs.

Stowmarket town clerk, David Blackburn, said: “This is the most appropriate time to consider the review because of the new developments have not been built yet so it is desirable for all parties to consider this matter before the developments take place.

“The parish councils have got an opportunity to make representations to the district council.

“Clearly the development around the periphery of the town is a continuation of the existing development.”

Mid Suffolk is expected to produce draft proposals on its findings on July 1 following the consultation.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Groups of ‘thugs’ went on a destructive rampage on Norwich Road in Ipswich at the weekend - kicking down garden walls, smashing bins and leaving the area looking ‘like a bomb site’.

Couples seeking help in conceiving are invited to an open day at Ipswich Hospital to meet fertility experts.

Volunteer teachers are working to transform the lives of migrants and refugees in the most deprived areas of Ipswich as part of a newly established charity.

There is slow traffic on the A12 in Suffolk this afternoon because of a broken down vehicle.

How well do you really know Ipswich?

Previously two schools, Northgate High School is currently the largest high school in Ipswich with 1,700 pupils on roll.

A man in a black T-shirt with white writing on who spoke to Corrie McKeague in Pizza Mama Mia, Bury St Edmunds, on the morning he disappeared has now been traced and spoken to.

With a love for cuddles and having their tummies tickled it seems unlikely these furry friends could be evil omens or harbingers of doom.

A new chief executive has been appointed to take over the reins at Mid Suffolk and Babergh Councils.

Lucky groups of youngsters are being treated to an adventure up the River Orwell and Stour estuaries - learning about the wildlife on Suffolk’s coastlines on board a sailing boat.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24