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Allotment house plan under scrutiny

PUBLISHED: 12:45 22 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:54 03 March 2010

CONTROVERSIAL moves to build 35 homes on former allotments in Woodbridge are set to inspected by councillors before they make a decision.

Planners have decided not to compile their final report yet on the project - which some protesters claim will be "a ghetto" - and are recommending all members of the south area development control sub committee visit the site first.

CONTROVERSIAL moves to build 35 homes on former allotments in Woodbridge are set to inspected by councillors before they make a decision.

Planners have decided not to compile their final report yet on the project – which some protesters claim will be "a ghetto" – and are recommending all members of the south area development control sub committee visit the site first.

This should happen next month and then a decision will be made at Suffolk Coastal either later in June or mid-July.

The scheme for a hectare of land off Haugh Lane has already generated a deluge of objections and an action group has been formed to fight the project.

Director of planning and leisure Jeremy Schofield said: "There are a number of key issues, some of which are site specific and relate to the access road, the impact on trees within the site, the proximity of new houses to site boundaries and their relationships with existing properties, particularly the bungalows in Woolnough Road, and the relationship of the new dwellings to each other.

"Further negotiations and investigations are being carried out on these issues and other matters.

"In the meantime it is recommended that members visit the site to acquaint themselves with the site and surroundings and make an initial assessment of the site specific issues prior to full consideration at a future meeting."

Suffolk Heritage Housing Association (SHHA) has submitted the plans for the land and wants to build four one-bed flats, four two-bed flats, 15 two-bed houses, ten three-bed houses and two four-bed properties.

Residents from Bredfield Road Warwick Avenue and Haugh Lane have formed a Residents Against Haugh Lane Development Association.

They believe the development is in the wrong place with poor access and is too far from the town centre. Traffic hazards would be created and an unspoiled refuge for wildlife, including deer, nightingales and foxes, would be lost forever.

SHHA has stressed that tenants with a record of anti-social behaviour will not be offered places in the new homes, nor those with rent arrears.

It would help local families unable to afford rocketing house prices to stay in their home town by providing properties at an affordable rent.

Currently there are 44 families in emergency or urgent housing need within Woodbridge and a further 81 families with priority on the community list for housing.

Some 488 families are registered for housing within Woodbridge yet last year only 21 vacancies occurred within SHHA's rented stock within the town.

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