Villagers say 'no' to development
NO to the vision for up to 3,000 new homes and no to any major development.That was the view of Trimley St Mary Parish Council as it announced to residents that it had made up its mind over Trinity College's controversial proposals for the future of the village – and decided to reject them outright.
NO to the vision for up to 3,000 new homes and no to any major development.
That was the view of Trimley St Mary Parish Council as it announced to residents that it had made up its mind over Trinity College's controversial proposals for the future of the village – and decided to reject them outright.
Chairman Richard Kerry said the council was satisfied that it now knew the majority feeling of the community and there was no need for a referendum.
The council had decided to join its neighbour Trimley St Martin in opposing the landowning Cambridge college's hopes of joining the villages into one and using all the spare land between the A14 and railway line for homes and businesses.
The proposals, which have been submitted for consideration as part of the local plan, have outraged the two villages.
"We don't believe there should be any building on greenfield sites until all the brownfield land has been exhausted," said Mr Kerry.
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"We are having to look 20 years ahead as part of the local plan and we know that in that time there will be a need for a small amount of development – such as sheltered homes for the elderly and some affordable housing for our children so that they do not have to move away from the village.
"But we are not looking at anything like the scale of the Trinity College vision.
"We will not only oppose their vision but also oppose all visions brought forward – including any plans by the Limes and Grange Estate, which has several pieces of land in the village.
"Both the Trimley villages are unique and they should stay unique. We all live here because we like it the way it is – we don't want urbanisation, we like walking the fields."
Around 40 people attended the extraordinary meeting of the parish council at the Welcome Hall to hear the council's decision.
It now has to wait to see what levels of housing the government tells Suffolk Coastal to allocate in its new local plan, and whether the district council decides that any of those homes should be built in the twin Trimleys.
It must also wait to see if Trinity College changes its vision or pursues it at a public inquiry into the local plan.
The college's agents Bidwells have said they want to hear all views on the proposals and the ideas are not detailed at this stage and not set in stone.
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