Villagers fear over too many houses

DESPITE villagers' concerns that a housing scheme will be a "gross over development", builders have submitted fresh proposals with even more homes.Residents are adamant that the site at Trimley St Martin is not big enough for the 14 houses SEH Developments Ltd want to build, but government policy says it could accommodate up to 30.

DESPITE villagers' concerns that a housing scheme will be a "gross over development", builders have submitted fresh proposals with even more homes.

Residents are adamant that the site at Trimley St Martin is not big enough for the 14 houses SEH Developments Ltd want to build, but government policy says it could accommodate up to 30.

A previous scheme put forward by the company suggested building a cluster of ten upmarket schemes, which also prompted protests.

However, the venture was refused not because of villagers' opposition, but because planners said it should feature more homes and was not making efficient use of the land.

This time – although still below the density suggested by Whitehall – SEH's plan is being recommended for approval as it is an improvement on its previous one.

The firm wants to build the 14 homes on 1.2 acres of rear gardens and former rear gardens, currently grassland, of properties in Old Kirton Road.

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They would be four four-bed detached, four three-bed semis, four two-bed semis, and two two-bed terraced houses.

"The current application has increased the density so that it complies with government guidance and there is a better mix of house sizes," says a report by planning officers set to go before Suffolk Coastal council's development control sub committee on Thursday .

Trimley St Martin Parish Council though has objected to the scheme and says "the proposals would be a gross over-development of the small site and that a total of five dwellings of the type proposed under the earlier application is all that should be permitted".

It fears the proposals for a shared driveway, too little car parking and only single garages, will lead to the area being cluttered with cars and lead to disputes between owners of the properties.

There are also concerned over communal parking areas, which in other parts of the village have not been used because people prefer to park as close to their homes as possible, used as dumping grounds for vehicles, or not maintained.

Five letters of objection have also been received from residents concerned at the loss of privacy and rural surroundings, loss of a hedgerow which is a haven for wildlife, increased traffic and congestion, and too high a density.

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