New act should boost campaign
VILLAGERS may use the Freedom of Information Act to see if decisions over how many homes will be built in their community have been taken in secret.Trinity College, Cambridge, is seeking to build up to 1,500 homes in the twin Trimley villages at a time when the government is pressing for more than 58,000 new homes in Suffolk.
VILLAGERS may use the Freedom of Information Act to see if decisions over how many homes will be built in their community have been taken in secret.
Trinity College, Cambridge, is seeking to build up to 1,500 homes in the twin Trimley villages at a time when the government is pressing for more than 58,000 new homes in Suffolk.
Parish councillors in Trimley St Mary have agreed to fight tooth and nail the college's revised plans and sent a clear message to neighbours Trimley St Martin that they would not be giving up the fight.
There had been some concern in St Martin that St Mary would not fight as hard now the plans have removed most of the development from the village, leaving St Martin to bear the brunt of the housing.
Councillor Mary Dixon said: "We are certainly not going to start opting out - whatever happens in St Martin will have an impact on St Mary.
"There will be an enormous impact on our infrastructure, our highways, services, education and so on. Our opposition will continue."
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Council vice chairman Bryan Frost said: "What we need to find out is exactly how many houses Suffolk Coastal council is planning to put in our village.
"We know there will be 10,100 more homes in the district but how many will be here - we need to ask for all their documents on this matter and if necessary use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what they are considering."
The council also agreed to set up a working party to draw up its formal response to reject the revised plans.
Councillor David Southgate said: "They are totally ignoring the local plan and we should refer to our support for the local plan - why should they consider themselves God and go outside it."
Councillor Jeremy Newman said: "I can see nothing in Trinity College's new plan which changes my view at all - we must continue to fight this."
Trinity College's agents Bidwells say changes in the plans take into account the views from the public, removing building on fields between Church Lane and Thurmans Lane, or Gun Lane and Gaymers Lane, with only a small amount in St Mary to "round off" the Farmlands estate.
Most housing will be between Gun Lane, the rail line and rear of Trimley Sports and Social Club.
Land is also earmarked for a supermarket and businesses, and a new primary school with land set aside for a secondary school if needed.
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