Rethink bid for 51 homes in Long Melford

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A COUNCILLOR has picked apart plans for 51 new homes in Long Melford, urging developers to “think again”, writes Elliot Pinkham.

A public exhibition on the David Wilson Homes development on the site of the former Fleetwood Caravans factory in Hall Street took place two weeks ago, asking for local people’s views on the project.

But county and district councillor Richard Kemp believes the plans fall short of addressing the needs of the village.

“People in Cock and Bull Lane will have their privacy completely destroyed as the new houses will overlook them,” he said. “It just seems totally bad planning.

“I say go back, think again and produce something better.

“I know developers have to build to certain dimensions but they shoot themselves in the foot – if they had more space around houses they would probably find they sell for a bit more.”

He added that residents wanted more parking in the village and access to the site would be problematic.

“There is a need for off-street parking and there should be some section 106 money to provide public car parking,” said Mr Kemp. “It would help traders in the village.

“Where that site is and the poor access it has, 51 homes is too many.

“The volume of traffic will be much more than it was for the factory. I think it is overdevelopment.”

Mr Kemp also said some visitors to the exhibition had been given the impression that permission was a foregone conclusion.

“I questioned Babergh District Council’s planning officers and I am assured things are not cut and dried and the voice of the people will be listened to,” he added.

Peter Biggs, planning manager at David Wilson Homes, said: “More than 120 people attended our exhibition earlier this month and we have received 50 feedback forms so far.

“What we can see from feedback already received is that there is a sizeable amount of support for housing on this site.

“Residents raised a variety of other issues and all the feedback will be considered carefully.”

The plans will go before Babergh District Council next month.