Blind bend fear over homes plan

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A controversial development of new affordable homes in Whatfield will be discussed by councillors on Wednesday.

Under the plans, six homes would be built in Semer Road, consisting of three terraced houses, two flats and one detached house.

But, in a report to Babergh District Council’s development committee, case officer Lynda Bacon said the proposal was considered to be controversial.

There are objections from 16 householders and, following a consultation, issues surrounding road safety in the village.

She said: “The overwhelming majority are worried about the location of the development with its entrance and exit on a blind bend.

“There is a fear that this will lead to accidents and will not be safe for children walking to and from school, or the playing fields.”

In the report, which recommends granting planning permission, she said some villagers were worried about the cheaper building materials being used.

She said there were fears in the village that this would have a “negative impact on the look and durability of the houses” leading to tenants not wishing to stay for any length of time.

Other issues included the fact the plans did not include provision for elderly residents wishing to downsize, nor for family-sized homes to be built.

Iceni Homes is behind the proposal following a local housing needs survey by Whatfield and Nedging Parish Council.