More opposition to Melford homes

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

Opposition to build 71 homes in Long Melford has received criticism from heritage organisations on top of objections raised by residents and councillors.

The National Trust has written two letters of objection to the plans by Hopkins Homes for a new estate off Bull Lane.

Lorry causing traffic chaos as it struggles to turn out of Bull Lane into Hall Street in Long Melford. ANL-161124-165942001

Lorry causing traffic chaos as it struggles to turn out of Bull Lane into Hall Street in Long Melford. ANL-161124-165942001

In the letter concerns are raised over the materials to be used, regarding the estate as a typical suburban layout.

Suffolk Preservation Society has also written two letters of objection, urging for the plans in their current form to be refused.

It too objects to the suburban nature of the development. The society describes it as a ‘ribbon like’ development along Bull Lane that would assimilate isolated rural dwellings into a suburban extension, eroding the rural context and historic setting of the village.

It also has specific concerns about listed buildings that it feels would be harmed by being virtually surrounded by or opposite to the development.

In comparison an assessment by CGMS Consulting said the impact on the village’s heritage assets would be negligible or only have a minor impact.

Historic England said the views from Melford Park would result in only low level harm, adding that while views towards the park may not be high this should be carefully weighed against the public benefit any permission being given.

Parish and district councillor John Nunn said: ‘Melford Parish Council and over 180 residents have written to Babergh District Council objecting to this proposal. On top of that, bodies of such importance as the National Trust and Suffolk Preservation Society have also objected. Clearly, this proposal should not go ahead.”

There are also concerns about the impact on Long Melford’s economy.

Fellow parish, district and county councillor Richard Kemp added: “Long Melford’s economy depends on tourism and destroying its heritage by allowing suburban development on agricultural land should not be allowed.

“It is estimated that if it is given the green light Babergh stands to make around half a million pounds from the Government’s New Homes Bonus. That should not be allowed to influence the crucial decision the planning committee has to make.”

Mr Nunn said traffic concerns over the narrow junction between Hall Street and Bull Lane were perfectly demonstrated this week when a lorry was pictured causing chaos as it struggled to turn onto the main road from Bull Lane, blocking traffic both ways.