Row over village estate

A TUG of war has broken out between two villages over a new housing estate built on the site of a former hospital.

A TUG of war has broken out between two villages over a new housing estate built on the site of a former hospital.

Nearly 60 homes built at Melton Park, on the former St Audry's Hospital site, near Woodbridge, were wrongly given to the village of Melton by Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The council, after realising its mistake, then handed 58 properties back to Ufford to ensure that an ancient parish boundary was respected.

But Melton wants the homes returned to their village and now the district council will spend £3,000 reviewing the boundary.

Michael Bond, Melton and Ufford's district councillor, told a full district council meeting the ''bucolic calm'' of residents living in Melton Park was ''rudely shattered'' when two years ago homes received a letter from the district council saying they were incorrectly listed as being in Melton when they should be in Ufford.

A survey of the 58 affected homes revealed the majority wanted to become part of Melton.