Log cabins cause concern in village

A HOLIDAY park containing over 100 log cabins looks set to get the go-ahead next week despite worried residents claiming it will damage a nearby Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A HOLIDAY park containing over 100 log cabins looks set to get the go-ahead next week despite worried residents claiming it will damage a nearby Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

They believe the development at Foxburrow Farm, Brightwell, will have a huge impact on the surrounding villages of Martlesham, Foxhall, Newbourne and Waldringfield and that the cabins would destroy the landscape of the area.

The 122 cabins would be built on a 9.2 hectare site in Waldringfield Road, an area which lies mid-way between the A12 and the village of Waldringfield and currently operates as a site housing static caravans.

Objections have been received from 42 residents of the area, Waldringfield parish council, Newbourne parish council, Martlesham parish council, the Suffolk Preservation Society and the Environment Agency.

The main concerns raised include the increased levels of traffic and damage to the environment as the site lies 500m from the boundary of the Suffolk Coasts and Heath's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In a letter to the committee Patricia O'Brien, district councillor for Waldringfield, said: "Although technically not in an AONB, its visual impact would have a profound effect on a much-prized and appreciated landscape.

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"Waldringfield is a charming village with one 'main street' which struggles to cope with the volume of traffic in high season.

"The very real possibility of a considerable increase in traffic would soon become intolerable."

In a report to Suffolk coastal's development control sub-committee, planning officers accept some of the concerns raised but say that the additional movements to and from Waldringfield would not have "such an adverse effect on the village as to warrant refusal."

They also reinforce the fact that the site does not fall within the boundaries of the AONB or any other designated special landscape area, and recommend the committee accept the proposals, subject to a number of conditions.

These conditions must include screening the site by planting, the number of cabins, phasing the building work and looking at lighting and drainage.

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