Housing plans move a step closer after show

A bird's eye view of the former Fleetwood Caravans site in Long Melford. ANL-150527-095957001

A bird's eye view of the former Fleetwood Caravans site in Long Melford. ANL-150527-095957001

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Concerns still remain about a housing development in Long Melford, despite a recent public exhibition.

Sb2 Property is proposing to build 33 houses and a retirement home in Long Melford on the site known locally as the Fleetwood Caravans site.

Over 100 people attended the second consultation on May 6, which will now lead to the developers putting in an application to Babergh District Council for planning permission.

Tim Struth, director of sb2 Property, said: “The exhibition was very well attended and in general was received positively by the village residents, who were pleased so see that we had been able to adopt a great deal of the wishes of the community.”

However, county councillor Richard Kemp said the former Fleetwood Caravans opposition group were still not happy with some aspects of the proposals and are seeking a meeting with the developers.

Issues they wish to raise include the lack of employment on the site, and the volume of traffic it will generate.

Mr Kemp added: “Some of the design aspects could be vastly improved. We are living in a place with more medieval homes than just about any other Suffolk village, but this looks more like Enfield than Long Melford. We are not opposed to the development in principle, but we want to see more local features within the design element.”

Mr Kemp said Long Melford was a key centre for development in the county.

Sb2 Property have been through an extensive design and consultation process in relation to the old Fleetwood Caravans site since August 2014.

Tim Struth added: “Since the first public exhibition in December 2014, we have been incorporating changes suggested by local residents and Babergh Council officers into the designs for the scheme.

“We are keen to finalise the design and will be taking account of further comments coming from this second public exhibition so that a planning application can be put together.

“The intention is to submit an application within the next few months and, provided a consent is granted, to begin redevelopment of the site later this year.”