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Resident fury over development

PUBLISHED: 17:08 29 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 March 2010

ANGRY Woodbridge residents have teamed up to fight a new housing development that they believe would resemble a "ghetto".

Moves have been made to build affordable houses and flats on land off Haugh Lane, Woodbridge.

ANGRY Woodbridge residents have teamed up to fight a new housing development that they believe would resemble a "ghetto".

Moves have been made to build affordable houses and flats on land off Haugh Lane, Woodbridge.

The residents are planning to attend a meeting of Woodbridge town council tonight to make their views known.

The application has been put forward by Suffolk Heritage Housing Association but has already met a storm of protests from residents living nearby the proposed site.

Homeowners from Bredfield Road, Warwick Avenue and Haugh Lane have formed a Residents Against Haugh Lane Development Association to fight the moves.

Chairwoman Lena Taylor said: "We're not against social housing – no should be under that impression. What we do object to is the placing of as many as 100 people in an area so small as to almost create a ghetto.

"Social housing should be dotted about the town in much smaller units, not confined to a small area on the edge of town."

The development would include 35 new buildings, which would be a mixture of flats and houses ranging in size from two to four bedrooms.

Mrs Taylor added: "We feel this is a very badly conceived plan that has taken no account of local feeling. It has also not considered what it will be like for all those people crammed together with only one access road."

The proposal is open to public consultation until May 8. Anyone wishing to express an opinion on the development is asked to write to Mr J.G Schofield, Director of planning and leisure, Suffolk Coastal district council, Melton Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 1AU.

No one from Suffolk Heritage Housing Association was available to comment.

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