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Cottage project in Kirton slammed

PUBLISHED: 22:48 19 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

NEIGHBOURS have branded as "absolutely ludicrous" plans to build a house in the garden of a tiny country cottage.

Residents say the scheme will leave the original cottage with no parking, very little garden, no room to be extended in future, and put children visiting a recreational site at risk by increasing the amount of traffic in the road.

NEIGHBOURS have branded as "absolutely ludicrous" plans to build a house in the garden of a tiny country cottage.

Residents say the scheme will leave the original cottage with no parking, very little garden, no room to be extended in future, and put children visiting a recreational site at risk by increasing the amount of traffic in the road.

They have complained to Suffolk Coastal District Council about its decision to approve the plan – and claim that their strong views were not taken into account by councillors.

Roseberry Properties Ltd is going to build the three-bed two-storey detached house in Alley Road at Kirton in the garden of a run-down, empty semi-detached cottage.

Neighbour Simon Watts said it was an "absolutely ludicrous" project and a far more sensible solution would have been to have extended the cottage and provide a decent-sized family home with a nice garden.

"That would have been much more in keeping with the road," said Mr Watts, who lives in Alley Road with his wife Jayne and their two children.

"A similar scheme to this one was proposed about three years ago and the council turned it down. Now they say the rules have changed and they are trying to encourage infill – but there is infill and infill and this spot is not suitable and will be overdevelopment."

The cottage would be left with no car parking at all in an area where it was essential to get cars off the narrow road.

Mr Watts said he had spoken to assistant director of planning Bob Chamberlain since the development control sub committee had made its decision and been told a planning officer would revisit the site to assess it again.

"I don't know if they can change their decision now and we will have to wait and see. But we are not very happy that our views have not been taken into account," he added.

Kirton and Falkenham Parish Council said: "The Alley is a major pedestrian and cyclist thoroughfare, leading to the Recreation Ground and used by children and parents going to and from Trimley St Martin Primary School.

"It is already considerably developed and vehicles often back up and down the lane. The introduction of another property, three-bedroomed at that, and the creation of a cottage with no possibility of car parking space, thereby introducing more potentially dangerous car movements, is to be deprecated."

Suffolk Coastal planning officers said the siting and design of the house was acceptable and believed hedging could be chopped down to create a parking area in front of the cottage.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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