Residents concerned as Great Cornard flats plan gets council backing

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Great Cornard residents have complained about a lack of transparency from the proposed developer of 10 flats at a former care home.

The application seeking permission for a change of use to The Firs on Kings Hill has been submitted by Medusa Design on behalf of a Mr Fryer.

He originally sought permission for 12 flats at the site but has amended the application after Great Cornard Parish Council objected to the scheme over concerns about the size and number of flats and potential traffic problems.

The amended plans have been recommended for approval by Babergh District Council planning officer John Davies and will be considered by the council on Wednesday.

David Barry, who has lived next door to The Firs for 16 years, said: “My concern is the complete lack of transparency here. It has been submitted by a Mr Fryer with no initials or address stated on the plans.

“My fear is he is hiding his track record as a developer or landlord. I worry that he is building a ghetto and has no concern for the area.”

Mr Barry, who lives with his wife Jennifer, claimed Babergh District Council was under pressure to provide smaller flats due to the demand.

He added that he feared the introduction of low-value properties in the area would impact on house prices.

A spokesman for Mr Fryer’s agent Medusa Design said: “Mr Fryer owns several properties in Suffolk. As his agent, all our details are on the application and if people have specific queries it is easy to contact us.

“Representatives for Mr Fryer will be present at Wednesday’s meeting.”