Council opposition to Melford development

Long Melford Bull Lane development.
Councillors John Watts chair of planning Long Melford PC, John Nunn parish and district councillor and Richard Kemp Parish district and county councillor
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160823-225149009
Long Melford Bull Lane development. Councillors John Watts chair of planning Long Melford PC, John Nunn parish and district councillor and Richard Kemp Parish district and county councillor Picture Mark Westley ANL-160823-225149009
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Last week, Long Melford Parish Council rejected revised proposals from Hopkins Homes for 71 new homes in Bull Lane.

Opponents say the revised plans do nothing to tackle any of the main objections raised by villagers at a public meeting on August 31.

Long Melford Bull Lane development.
Councillors John Watts chair of planning Long Melford PC, John Nunn parish and district councillor and Richard Kemp Parish district and county councillor
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160823-225028009

Long Melford Bull Lane development. Councillors John Watts chair of planning Long Melford PC, John Nunn parish and district councillor and Richard Kemp Parish district and county councillor Picture Mark Westley ANL-160823-225028009

Babergh District Council is now consulting on the revised plans and villagers have until October 17 to respond.

Long Melford parish councillors John Nunn, Richard Kemp and Graham Eade, said ignored issues include the extra traffic in Bull Lane and at the junctions with the bypass and Hall Street which they say are dangerous.

Mr Kemp, who is also a Babergh district and Suffolk county councillor, said: “It is ridiculous that the developers are trying to ride roughshod over the views of the village and didn’t even take the trouble to attend the public meeting.

“They are ignoring key issues in their resubmitted plans.”

The councillors have also raised concerns over the potential for flooding and an increased demand on the doctors’ surgery, school and Hall Street parking.

The three are concerned at what they see as the loss of rural character at the entrance to the village.

They said this was “essential to the attraction of Long Melford” without which the village’s economy would suffer.

Other issues include the possible threat to wildlife and the over-development of the village with more than 100 homes already given approval.

Mr Nunn, who is also a district councillor, said: “I am going to ask the Babergh planning committee to think again about not having a site visit in the light of the developer’s inadequate response to objections made in the first consultation.”

Parish council chairman Mr Eade added: “I hope as many villagers as possible will write in so that Babergh have to take notice.”

You can write to Gemma Pannell, Planning Department, Babergh District Council, Corks Lane, Hadleigh, Ipswich, IP7 6SJ or email planninggreen@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk.