Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 12°C

Search

Wickham Market: Concerns continue over plans to build 65 homes on land south of Featherbroom Gardens

12:00 21 November 2012

Concerns continue over plans to build 65 new homes in Wickham Market

Concerns continue over plans to build 65 new homes in Wickham Market

Archant

CAMPAIGNERS are continuing to voice concerns over the impact a new housing estate could have on their two villages.

shares

Hopkins Homes has tabled a bid with Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) to build 65 dwellings - 21 of which will be affordable homes – on land south of Featherbroom Gardens in Wickham Market. The proposals also include car parking, open space, landscaping and new access arrangements.

Wickham Market Parish Council is broadly supportive of the scheme but others have raised concerns about its potential impact, especially as it stretches to the parish boundary with neighbouring Pettistree. Dr Peter Elliott, who lives in Wickham Market, said 200 people had signed a petition against the development. He said he and others believed it was contrary to both local and national planing policy while the number of homes proposed represented an over development of the site and could potentially lead to “urban sprawl” into Pettistree.

“It’s not nimbyism,” he said. “We have a lot of people who have signed the petition from throughout the village. National planning policy says good quality agricultural land - which this is - shouldn’t be developed.” He said while he recognised the need for affordable housing in the village these should be in smaller units not “stuck on the edge of Wickham Market like a huge carbuncle.” He also said he felt residents were not listened to during the consultation process.

A number of people from both Wickham Market and Pettistree have written to SCDC echoing Mr Elliott’s comments, while among other issues they have also raised concerns over sewerage and traffic.

Wickham Market Parish Council is in favour of additional housing in the village and believes the site is appropriate, with members particularly keen to see more affordable homes. However they would like to see improvements to the current proposals for sewerage and landscaping. A spokeswoman for Hopkins Homes said they understood the petition included many people from outside the village. She said they were confident any concerns could be addressed, while the site had been identified by SCDC as suitable for 95 dwellings.

“We are obviously now proposing substantially less than this figure,” she said. “The proposed development fully respects the existing parish boundary with Pettistree, providing a robust landscaped, tree-lined soft edge in this sensitive location.” She said talks with statutory bodies had confirmed infrastructure was adequate and that extensive consultation had taken place with the local community.

SCDC is likely to decide the application in the New Year.

shares

1 comment

  • amazing hopkin homes building where they want again and the council allow it to happen, seems they can do what they want, cant imagine how that happens?

    Report this comment

    Carl Robinson

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

The scene of the crash in Norwich Road.

A drug-driver who was at the wheel of a Mitsubishi towing a speedboat when it collided with an Ipswich bridal shop has been disqualified from driving.

Ipswich Town have brought in 12 new players this summer.

The summer transfer window has now closed, during which Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy brought in a total of 12 new signings on permanent or loan deals.

A man has died at The Port of Felixstowe.

Investigators say their inquiries into the death of a contract worker at the Port of Felixstowe could take some time to complete.

Police are investigating

Further instances of vehicle crime were felt in Kesgrave on Sunday night after a car window was smashed, prompting a social media appeal for those with information to come forward.

Art on the Prom at Felixstowe last year

More than 100 artists will be exhibiting this weekend as Felixstowe stages one of its most popular events of the year.

Mr Wilson

Fire crews put out a car fire in Clacton today after passers by rescued a dog from the vehicle.

Police at the scene of the alleged attack.

The jury in the trial of two men accused of being involved in a plot to throw acid over a 22-year-old Suffolk beautician has retired to consider its verdicts.

A boy has been knocked off his bike in a collision in Lowestoft.

A crash has closed a road in Colchester this afternoon.

Police are appealing for the driver of a car to come forward following a collision in Kessingland where a motorcyclist and a pedestrian were injured.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages