Bures new homes protest falls on deaf ears

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PETITIONS signed by more than 100 people opposing 35 new homes being built in Bures look likely to be ignored.

Plans to build a range of properties, including flats, bungalows and houses, on land south of Friends Field have been submitted to Babergh District Council – and members of the authority’s development committee have been advised to grant permission for the work.

However, residents of Friends Field, Claypits Avenue and Tawneys Ride, have all expressed misgivings about the development, with a combined total of 115 people signing two petitions against it.

They claim that the proposals are too big for the site, would put increased pressure on the village primary school and create unwanted “urbanisation”.

Residents also believe the positioning of the development’s 12 affordable houses, next to an area of affordable housing which has already been built, will deepen the “stigma” of that area.

Bures Parish Council had originally objected to the plans on the grounds of increased traffic and indications from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust that the site may be of ecological interest.

But after numerous revisions and clarifications from applicant Charles Church – a property development company – the council has now given the development its backing.

Under the plans, the homes would be designed in a late 19th century style.

A decision is expected on Wednesday.