Residents object to social housing

DEFIANT Woodbridge residents have vowed to continue a campaign against a social housing development which they fear could resemble a ghetto.It is the second time an application has been submitted for the 35-home scheme in land just off Haugh Lane.

DEFIANT Woodbridge residents have vowed to continue a campaign against a social housing development which they fear could resemble a ghetto.

It is the second time an application has been submitted for the 35-home scheme in land just off Haugh Lane.

And residents believe no real changes have been made since the original proposals were booted out by planners last summer.

Lena Taylor, chairman of the Residents Against Haugh Lane Development (RAHD) committee, said: "The current proposal has not been revised in any significant way. It differs from the original only in the provision of an internal footpath and some extremely expensive-looking drainage works."

Mrs Taylor said: "Our main concern is that the site is totally unsuitable for any type of development. "We will be doing everything we can to raise awareness of it before it comes in front of Suffolk Coastal's development control sub-committee."

The committee believes the development goes against the spirit of the local plan, threatens wildlife and creates a danger of flooding.

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It also wishes to see social housing mixed in with other developments, rather than confined to one area.

Chris Sears, secretary for the Residents Against Haugh Lane Development committee, said: "We believe that low cost housing should be properly integrated in with other developments in the area rather than cramming it into a small enclave."

Norman Daines, a member of the committee, said: "We are worried that it will create a ghetto effect. Why not spread these homes about and allow people the chance to mix in with the rest of the town?"

The application for 35 low-cost homes has been submitted by Suffolk Heritage Housing. In a letter to the council they state that the site represents "a significant and rare opportunity for the Housing Association to tackle the growing demand for affordable housing.

"Opportunities to provide 35 homes for locals in housing need on a site within an existing community and with ready access to local services and facilities are all too rare."

nHow do you think the development will affect Woodbridge? Do you think there is a need for more low-cost housing in the area? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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