Martlesham caravan development row

PROPOSALS to increase the number of homes at a trailer park by more than ten per cent look set to get the go ahead despite generating a number of objections.

PROPOSALS to increase the number of homes at a trailer park by more than ten per cent look set to get the go ahead despite generating a number of objections.

Owners of the Falcon Residential Trailer Park at Martlesham want to add 26 more mobile homes to bring the total to 214.

But community leaders say it will be an over-development of the site off Hilton Road.

When the park was given permission in 1989, it had 116 caravans. In 2005 another 72 mobile homes were added with accommodation aimed at retired people, particularly those people seeking to downsize.

But Martlesham Parish Council has objected to the latest phase because of “over-development” and expressed concerns over the amount of open space, and whether the sewers can cope with more homes.

A spokesman said: “The amenity areas are so spread out that they cannot be identified as available for recreation or community use. A single communal space is required for such a large development.

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“The roads are narrow and there is only one vehicular access which leads to difficulty with traffic flows and manoeuvring, particularly with regard to large or emergency vehicles.”

Anglian Water said the current sewerage system would be adequate but some work would be needed on the water main.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has received six letters from residents of the trailer park objecting for reasons including access being unsuitable for additional traffic and emergency vehicles, lack of parking, loss of trees, and amenity areas being too small.

They also claim there is inadequate sewage and drainage on the site and often flooding problems.

A report to the council, which will make a decision on March 1, said: “Having regard to the site's relatively sustainable location close to Tesco and other retail outlets and public transport, that the type of accommodation also continues to meet a particular housing need in the area, it is felt the principle of additional units on the site is acceptable.

“The main considerations to have regard to when considering an increase in the numbers are whether the access and drainage are adequate, whether there is any detrimental effect on the amenity of neighbours and visual appearance within the landscape.

“While this proposal will entail the site being fully developed it is not considered to represent an over development of the site.”

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