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Woodbridge/Martlesham: Plans for 250 homes to be built near east Suffolk beauty spot

PUBLISHED: 14:38 08 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:38 08 August 2014

Woodbridge mayor and district councillor Geoff Holdcroft

Woodbridge mayor and district councillor Geoff Holdcroft

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Plans have been drawn for up to 250 homes to be built near an east Suffolk beauty spot.

Gladman Developments has begun a public consultation on its proposals for Duke’s Park in Woodbridge, which comprise a mixture of market value and affordable housing, a small convenience store and a children’s play area. The developer claims the site offers the “logical extension” of the town to the south, while helping to satisfy the “increasing need” for housing in the district.

Woodbridge mayor and district councillor Geoff Holdcroft, however, has condemned the proposals, which he says offer “absolutely no merit whatsoever”.

In an open letter to the company, Mr Holdcroft labelled the proposals “unwelcome and undeliverable”.

Although he accepts the proposals for new homes and affordable housing would be “most welcome” in other locations, he said the countryside setting proposed for this development contravened local policy.

Mr Holdcroft, who is responsible for planning at Suffolk Coastal District Council, stressed he was commenting in his capacity as the ward’s local member.

The 13-hectare site lies to the south of Woodbridge, near Martlesham Creek, and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Mr Holdcroft said such a location was unsuitable as it fell outside the physical limits, contrary to planning policy, and also posed environmental concerns.

“Given all these matters, I think that the proposal has absolutely no merit whatsoever and I will be opposing it personally and also on behalf of the many residents of my ward that have already contacted me,” he said.

In a separate letter, Mr Holdcroft highlighted further issues with developing on a site which falls on the chosen cable route for the East Anglia One Offshore Windfarm, which, he says, prevents the construction of any buildings.

While acknowledging the cable route, Gladman Developments said it been taken into consideration when drawing up the proposal.

An application for the proposal is expected to be submitted this summer.

7 comments

  • Yet another developer destroying the environment and profiteering under the banner of we need more homes. Maybe we do need more homes but it is time to call a halt to this cramming in houses on any site spotted from Google maps Building here will deplete the overstretched services locally and seriously effect safety on our roads.The proposed junctions are ludicrous. What are these developers offering to the local environment? A convenience store . How convenient! In other words as little as they can get away with. As for the disappointment over NANT Jon T I must say it does seem there are double standards here. Compared to this Adastral Park is a disaster waiting to happen. "I always thought that within my time beyond the fields and farms There would be such trees as village louts could climb but I knew there would be false alarms" Poor old Larkin will be turning in his grave .

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    easylec

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • The present house building boom has nothing to do with a need for homes and all to do with amount of money being earned by developers and councils. The losers are local residents who even if it's not in their back yard will find roads even more congested, environments polluted public services more stretched. If someone wants to earn money from building houses in our community they should also be paying for the infrastructure to support them.

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    IanW

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Is this the same Mr Holdcroft thats been recorded as being "dissapointed" that the NANT has been granted an appeal over "much needed housing" less than a handful of miles away at adastral park? Looks very much a case of not in your own back garden?

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    JonT

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Surely a chosen route for a cable that is yet to be installed isn't a reason to not do anything?

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • New Development in Woodbridge? You will get chased out by the locals with weaponry from Sutton Hoo. More chance of Keane selling his overpriced house.

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    Tedbundy

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Surely the software used by the journos has a spellchecker!

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    R2 D2

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Typo in the headline. Proofreader required!

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    Linnet

    Friday, August 8, 2014

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