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Kesgrave Town Council recommends rejection of 300-home Bell Lane proposal

PUBLISHED: 07:10 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 07:34 21 January 2016

The land off Bell Lane, Kesgrave, where the proposed homes would be built

The land off Bell Lane, Kesgrave, where the proposed homes would be built

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Kesgrave Town Council has set out its opposition to a controversial 300-home development proposal, slamming the plans as having “no benefit whatsoever for Kesgrave.”

A public meeting at the Millennium Jubilee Hall last week featured more than 100 residents expressing their views, prompting the town council to write a letter to planners at Suffolk Coastal District Council recommending refusal.

In the letter, the council makes reference to Wednesday’s public meeting with “not one person being in favour of the application.”

Concerns raised by residents at the meeting included the congestion regularly seen at the Bell Lane junction with Foxhall Road, which would be exacerbated by a new development, only one planned access point to the proposed estate, and lack of public transport provision.

Question marks were also raised over the extra demand on services already at capacity such as The Birches Medical Centre and Kesgrave High School.

The plans include allocation for an additional primary school site, which could act as a second site of Cedarwood Primary School, but the school’s headteacher Doug Stroud voiced opposition to such a scheme.

The town council also highlighted that a development on the land would go against the local plan, which currently aims to keep the land as open space.

The letter said: “The local plan sets out a vision and a framework for future development of the area.

“In order to follow its own plan, it is hoped that the local planning authority will refuse this application.

“The proposed development divorced from the rest of the town, with a single access onto Bell Lane has no benefit whatsoever for Kesgrave, which is demonstrated by the views of local people.”

Consultation for the proposals ended on Monday, with 78 public comments out of 81 objecting to the plans.

To view the application visit www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk.

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