Allotment site building bid

DETERMINED housing developers are today targeting a former allotment site for the second time.Not deterred by the rejection of their previous application, Maitland Homes have submitted two new outline applications to develop the site at Takers Lane, Stowmarket.

DETERMINED housing developers are today targeting a former allotment site for the second time.

Not deterred by the rejection of their previous application, Maitland Homes have submitted two new outline applications to develop the site at Takers Lane, Stowmarket.

The first plan suggests ten terraced homes and eight semi-detached homes are built, along with a parking area and a public footpath to an open space.

Although this is the same number of home rejected by Mid Suffolk district council in the summer, developers are hoping it will be accepted as the development is laid out differently.

The second application is for 12 terraced dwellings and the additional works.

Residents gave a 108-signature petition to the council protesting against the original plans, turned down by the council.

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They said the area could not cope with the increase in traffic but the applicant is appealing against the decision.

Stephen Andrew, planning control manager at the district council, said: "These are revised layouts and the buildings are in a different configuration.

"The layout was one of the reasons why it was turned down before.

"The planning system allows for multiple applications and multiple decisions and it seems the applicant is trying to establish which lay out the council is comfortable with.

"As for the residents, I don't think the applicant will ever overcome their objections as they don't want to see it developed at all."

The land is owned by Stowmarket Town Council and town councillors say the area needs new housing.

What do you think of the proposed developments? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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