Development concern if SnOasis snubbed

WITHOUT SnOasis a proposal to build a 421-home development in Great Blakenham is not sustainable, the inquiry has heard.William Upton, barrister for SnOasis Community Alliance, the group that opposes the construction of the £300million winter sports development, said officials at Babergh District Council were concerned about the plans for the homes if SnOasis was not given the go-ahead.

WITHOUT SnOasis a proposal to build a 421-home development in Great Blakenham is not sustainable, the inquiry has heard.

William Upton, barrister for SnOasis Community Alliance, the group that opposes the construction of the £300million winter sports development, said officials at Babergh District Council were concerned about the plans for the homes if SnOasis was not given the go-ahead.

Reading from a statement from Babergh District Council he told day ten of the inquiry: “If the SnOasis development does not proceed it is considered that a very large development (housing) development should not proceed as it would not be regarded as sustainable and might undermine more sustainable brownfield sites in Ipswich.”

However planning expert Mick Carpenter, who was giving evidence for Persimmon Homes, the developers who want to build the homes near the former Mason's Quarry at Great Blakenham, pointed out that the homes would not be built in Babergh but in Mid Suffolk and Mid Suffolk District Council had backed the plans.

During yesterday's hearing at the Ipswich Corn Exchange it also emerged that 30 per cent of the homes built at the potential housing development would be affordable housing, that a new school would be built only if more than 261-homes were built on the site, and that no new transport links would be created at the development unless a £15million station, which is also being discussed at the inquiry, is built.

The inquiry was due to continue today with representatives of Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council giving evidence.

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