Opposition to new homes in Hadleigh

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Residents in Hadleigh have shared their objections to plans to build 14 new homes on the edge of the town.

Hadleigh-based Orchard Valley Homes hopes to build 14 homes in total, including six terraced two-storey dwellings, four detached two-storey dwellings, two semi-detached two-storey dwellings and two detached three-storey dwellings with associated garages.

In total four of the properties are proposed to be affordable homes.

If accepted by Babergh District Council’s planning committee, the developers will construct a new estate road, footpaths, and access to Gallows Hill.

But some residents in Gallows Hill have written to Babergh to object to the land, which is currently a meadow, being used for housing, citing concerns over flooding, the impact on the current road network and on services in the town.

Susan Clements, one of those residents opposed to the plans, raised concerns over the use of open countryside, as well as also highlighting what she will believes will be the negative impact of the estate on education and services in the town and on the current road access.

“There are no proposals or ring-fenced land and based on any estimated Ofsted calculations, additional housing goes hand in hand with school provision,” she said.

“The three primary schools and the high school in the town are already up to capacity with no provision for expansion. Indeed children are already having to go to East Bergholt High.”

Mrs Clements also questioned the development as it was being built outside of the town boundary, while describing the road access as poor and unsuitable.

She added: “The access is not fit for purpose or robust enough for this development.”

There were three objections from residents, however one member of the public said the town needed development, namely bungalows, believing their to be many two-storey properties.