Villagers club together for battle

CAMPAIGNERS and community leaders are to meet to discuss their battle strategy ready to fight off new proposals to turn their villages into a new town.

CAMPAIGNERS and community leaders are to meet to discuss their battle strategy ready to fight off new proposals to turn their villages into a new town.

Save Trimley Against Growth (STAG) has approached both Trimley St Martin and St Mary councillors and a meeting looks set to take place.

STAG is finalising its submission for the public inquiry into the new local plan but is worried about what Trinity College's revised plans for the historic twin villages will contain when they are published, possibly later this month.

The land-owning Cambridge university college previously put forward a vision for development of the village which opponents claim would have seen up to 3,000 homes built, using all the land between the rail line and A14.


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But now it is likely to scale down its plans to make them more acceptable.

Villagers though only want around 50 new homes built in their community – for elderly people and starter homes to stop youngsters having to move away.

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Trimley St Mary parish clerk Lorraine Dickson said the councils had received a request from STAG to meet informally, purely to discuss the latest situation.

The campaign group believed a lack of communication would be detrimental to their common cause and with Trinity College's next move imminent, the time was right for private no-strings-attached talks.

She said the group, which has gathered a huge amount of information for its submission, wanted to discuss the next steps in the battle to stop development.

Councillors felt the meeting should go ahead to encourage a "wider dialogue" – but only if both councils attended.

The draft revised local plan is expected to be published soon, and people will then have a set period in which to comment, object or support its ideas.

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