Councillors in the dark over plans to build more homes

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Councillors have been left in the dark over plans for a 500-home development – despite the site being open to public consultation.

Babergh District Council has earmarked four areas in Great Cornard and one in Chilton as potential sites for future housing.

At its closest point, the plans are just over a mile from the proposed 1,250-home Chilton Woods development, and Great Cornard Parish Council chairman Pam White said she was disappointed the council had not been notified about the consultation.

“I’m not happy – I had heard talk about it, but nothing had been put in writing to tell us,” she said.

Despite this, posters have been put up around the village notifying residents.

Mrs White said she had since looked online at the plans and said she did not think the village could cope with the extra housing.

“There are too many houses going up when you don’t have the jobs,” she said.

She added the sites highlighted for development were a key asset to the village.

Mrs White’s daughter, Kirsty, who coaches the junior Sudbury Cycling Club and often takes young riders on the land, said it would be a great loss.

“It’s so well used by the community,” she said. “Obviously, we can’t take juniors on the roads, so we use those areas. If you take them away, we’ve got nowhere else to go.

“The Government and councils say they are trying to combat obesity but then they take the green areas away.”

She spotted the posters when out walking her dogs and said for the parish council not to have been informed seemed a “complete mess”.

A district council spokesman said: “This site is one of five across the district that are being discussed as part of consultations around the new joint local plan.

“We would love to hear all of the feedback from councillors and residents and look forward to receiving comments.”

The consultation, which closes on March 12, can be found on the Babergh website at www.babergh.gov.uk.