Campaigners battle against new homes

CAMPAIGNERS against a 32-home development in Stowmarket town centre have submitted an 18-page dossier to planning chiefs outlining their objections.The residents, who live in Ipswich Street, are opposing moves to develop the site currently occupied by neighbouring O Seaman and Sons Ltd.

CAMPAIGNERS against a 32-home development in Stowmarket town centre have submitted an 18-page dossier to planning chiefs outlining their objections.

The residents, who live in Ipswich Street, are opposing moves to develop the site currently occupied by neighbouring O Seaman and Sons Ltd.

The Stowmarket firm, based at the site since 1912, has announced plans to relocate elsewhere in the district.

It expects to move within the next five years and has submitted an outline planning application to develop its present one-and-a-half-acre headquarters.

The proposal is seeking the go-ahead for 12 two-storey houses, 14 three-storey houses and six three-storey houses. A new vehicular access would also be added to Ipswich Street under the plans.

But David Reed, 42, believes the move could lead to traffic chaos and detract from the area generally.

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He and wife Della, 39, moved to the area from London two years ago, having been attracted by the quieter surroundings offered by the market town.

He said: "We've got long term plans to stay in this area and that's why we're trying to retain its character. We think this could lead to traffic chaos."

The Wright family, of Ipswich Street, have joined forces with their neighbours in opposing the development.

Julie Wright, 44, said she believes the increased traffic likely to be generated by the new homes could make it unsafe for children and pedestrians walking in the area.

The closing date for submissions to be lodged to Mid Suffolk District Council is tomorrow .

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