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Protestors win homes battle

PUBLISHED: 11:12 05 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

PROTESTERS against moves to build a cluster of upmarket homes in Trimley St. Martin have won their battle - for now.

A storm of protest was provoked between parish councillors and villagers after a bid was put in to build 10 four-bedroomed houses on land behind Old Kirton Road.

PROTESTERS against moves to build a cluster of upmarket homes in Trimley St. Martin have won their battle – for now.

A storm of protest was provoked between parish councillors and villagers after a bid was put in to build 10 four-bedroomed houses on land behind Old Kirton Road.

Angry residents labelled the venture for the one acre site, by SEH Developments Ltd, as gross over development.

Suffolk Coastal south area development sub-commitee threw out the proposal but the ironically the scheme could be regenerated if the developers agree to build more, smaller houses.

Under Government policies, the developers were not making efficient use of the land, despite objectors saying that there were too many houses being built on the site.

Government guidelines suggest that up to 20 homes of mixed-type should be built on it instead of the ten larger houses.

However, Trimley St. Martin parish council had said that the development would only be acceptable if the number of houses was halved.

They feared that ten large homes would generate parking problems leaving the area crowded and cluttered.

District councillor Mary Dixon who represents the Trimley villages said at the meeting: "The parish council feel that the ten houses are being crammed into small places and I agree with them on that.

"But some could be terraced or semi- detached.

"You cannot put huge houses on small plots with lots of cars."

The idea of putting flats on the site was also ruled out.

Bob Chamberlain, assistant director of planning said: "We do not necessarily mean to put three storey blocks of flats.

"That would be out of character with this particular part – we are talking about terracing and properties of a smaller nature."

It was agreed to refuse the application as it currently stands.

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