New land for Trimley housing

EIGHT parcels of land have been identified for housing in the twin Trimley villages by trustees acting for a farming family.The Limes and Grange Estate Trustees, who act for the Stennett family, have asked Suffolk Coastal council to consider the sites for inclusion in the new local plan being prepared for the district.

By Richard Cornwell

EIGHT parcels of land have been identified for housing in the twin Trimley villages by trustees acting for a farming family.

The Limes and Grange Estate Trustees, who act for the Stennett family, have asked Suffolk Coastal council to consider the sites for inclusion in the new local plan being prepared for the district.

Trinity College, Cambridge, has already caused outrage in the villages with its long-term vision which could see 3,000 homes built on all the spare fields and open space between the A14 and Felixstowe-Ipswich railway line.

John Barker, vice chairman of Trimley St Martin Parish Council, said the council had now received a letter from Broadlands Developments, acting on behalf of the Limes and Grange trust, providing details of the sites.

"It looks at first sight as if these pockets of land could act as a spoiler for the Trinity College scheme as they are some of the strategic pieces of land in the vision document," he said.

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"But Broadland has now said that it is working with Trinity and intimated that negotiations are taking place over a possible financial settlement.

"I think we now have to regard these eight pieces of land as part of the Trinity College project."

The trust's land includes important fields in Thurmans Lane and behind the High Road which are said to be crucial to keeping the twin villages separate.

Several attempts have in the past been made to develop these areas but villagers have put up stiff opposition and won the day each time.

Other land includes fields to the west of Great Street Farm between the railway line and High Road, and two smaller areas either side of High Road near Seamark Nunn. One site is on the other side of the A14 near The Pits.

Suffolk Coastal is currently looking at all suggested sites from developers to see whether they have merit for use as housing land but as yet has made no decisions or even given an indication of any possible allocations.

It is still consulting with interested local organisations to gauge their views and waiting for the government to announce the numbers of houses the district will be expected to provide in the next decade.

On Monday evening residents of Trimley St Mary will have the chance to quiz Trinity College officials and representatives of their agents Bidwells at a public meeting.

Trinity's senior bursar Dr Jeremy Fairbrother and Tim Collins, partner in Bidwells, will be on the platform at the meeting in the main hall at the primary school in High Road at 7pm.

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