Cheap homes plan shelved

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PLANS to build affordable housing in Leavenheath have been shelved after the parish council withdrew from the project.

The decision was made during a meeting last week, with councillors claiming no suitable site could be found for the proposals, which would have seen between six and eight homes being built.

A statement released by the council said: “While remaining mindful of the identified need for affordable housing in Leavenheath, at their July meeting Leavenheath parish councillors voted unanimously to withdraw from the project.

“This was as no suitable site could be found.

“The parish council will review the position in six months’ time to see if circumstances, in terms of possible sites, have changed.”

The decision comes after a number of complaints from villagers about the plans.

A campaign group called The High Road Collective was set up to oppose a development in High Road and Orchard View that would have destroyed an orchard with trees and hedgerows dating back more than 100 years.

Group member Bill Philips said the authority’s decision was good news.

“The sub-committee looking at this project has disbanded and nothing will be happening for six months,” he said.

“It is now certain that the orchard will not be built on and hopefully the plans won’t be back.”