Delight as homes plan dropped

PROTESTERS fighting plans to build a housing development on a village orchard have spoken of their elation after the proposals were scrapped.

The High Road Collective had campaigned against Leavenheath Parish Council’s plans for a new affordable housing development of between six and eight homes in High Road and Orchard View.

The group argued that the site was unsuitable – with trees and hedgerow dating back more than 100 years – and questioned why other locations had not been looked into.

On Wednesday, during a packed public meeting held by the parish council, the proposals for the orchard site were withdrawn.

Campaigner Chris Weston said: “The council has got a lot of flak for this and it is madness that the plans got to this stage.

“We’re elated that the orchard has been saved and people power has won out.”

The council is now set to explore alternative sites for the development in order to meet its housing need.

Council chairman Barbara Rowe said the authority would decide on its next steps in the autumn.

“The orchard site is no longer being pursued,” she confirmed.

“We have listened to residents and it was obvious the development wasn’t wanted on that site.”