Riverside development protest

RESIDENTS are today gathering the final signatures for a petition campaigning against a riverside development.Homeowners in Stowmarket's Regent Street have produced a 300-signature petition to voice concerns about proposals to build flats on an adjoining piece of land, next to the River Gipping.

RESIDENTS are today gathering the final signatures for a petition campaigning against a riverside development.

Homeowners in Stowmarket's Regent Street have produced a 300-signature petition to voice concerns about proposals to build flats on an adjoining piece of land, next to the River Gipping.

The petition - which highlights potential flooding and traffic problems - is being presented to David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, on Friday.

Pauline Gosling has lived at Regent Street for 58 years. She said: "It's not just one or two people concerned - the vast majority of residents are with us on this one.

"We already suffer from parking problems because there are Victorian terraces without garages here - more homes will only make things worse.

"We are also worried about the fact it's next door to a river, on a flood plain, and there are potential flooding problems."

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The planning application, for 24 one and two-bedroom apartments and garages, is currently being reviewed by Mid Suffolk district council

It is due to decide whether to give the go-ahead within the next two months.

What do you think of the proposals? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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