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Quarry homes site inspection by planners

PUBLISHED: 11:12 03 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

THE former quarry at the centre of a debate over controversial housing plans in Claydon is to be inspected by council planners.

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BY James Fraser

james.fraser@ecng.co.uk

THE former quarry at the centre of a debate over controversial housing plans in Claydon is to be inspected by council planners.

Members of Mid Suffolk District Council's planning committee have decided to make a site visit to Claydon Heights estate where developers Bellway Homes want to build an extra 21 houses – on land residents believed would be landscaped.

District councillor for Claydon Tony Ferris voiced his constituents' "high feelings" over the strain extra development would bring to the village's road and up-to-capacity sewerage systems, adding the parish council had unanimously recommended refusal to the plans.

"I couldn't see it as a suitable site for development," he said, adding that a survey should be conducted into the safety of the quarry face.

Wildlife enthusiast Tim Hayburn, a former local authority conservation officer who lives in Hazel Rise on the estate, also spoke out against the plans. He said they would see the destruction of a possibly rare and important chalkland wildlife site that could be studied by the area's schoolchildren.

"I urge you not to fall into the easy option of agreeing to the proposal," he said. "If it's built on, it cannot be reversed."

Bellway's regional manager, Simon Finbow, described how government planning guidelines had pointed to "brownfield" sites such as Claydon Heights as prime spots for further development.

He added that there were indications that any open space left would be better put to use as an equipped play area than simply left as open space.

Acknowledging they had a "big decision" on their hands, committee members agreed to visit the site on August 15 before deciding whether to pass the plans on September 12.

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