Homes plan is “too big”

PLANS to build three houses and a garage in Newton Green have been criticised amid concern from the parish council and villagers that the development will be too big, writes Neil Bracegirdle.

The proposals, which are due to go before a Babergh District Council development committee next week, include the creation of a five-bedroom farmhouse-style property in Whisper Wood, Sudbury Road.

The company behind the development, Drumbridge Contracts Ltd – a property developing firm – has already had an application to build on the 0.75-acre site refused after planning officers said it appeared “cramped” and “visually disproportionate” to the plot.

Despite amending the plans, residents have written to the council with concerns about the number and size of the buildings, being overlooked and excessive traffic.

Newton Parish Council has also objected to the proposals, claiming the site is important within the village scene.

Council chairman Colin Poole said: “There are a number of concerns with planning issues.

“The local view is that people will be overlooked and the largest property at the front is squeezed in. There are too many buildings.”

Mr Poole said that although he was much happier with the present designs than on the previous application, it would be better if two houses instead of three were built.

“All the objections are technical and I fully accept that something should be built on the site, but it just needs to fit in with the village,” he said.

“I hope our major considerations are taken into account.”

A number of letters were also sent to the council in support of the development with the view that it would be an attractive addition to the village.

In a paper produced ahead of the meeting which will determine the outcome of the application, the plans were recommended for approval.

Babergh’s development committee was due to meet yesterday to discuss the plans.