Councillor backs new housing plan for Cornard

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A councillor has backed an idea to give a village more control over future development proposals.

With a requirement for an extra 6,000 new homes in the Babergh area over the next 20 years, the district council is being put under increased pressure to find space for new housing.

At a recent meeting, Great Cornard Parish Council discussed drawing up a neighbourhood plan – intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area.

This would include being able to choose where it wants new homes, shops and offices, as well as giving the council more of a say on what buildings should look like.

Speaking this week, Simon Barrett welcomed the news. “Many people say they are open to the idea of housing being built, but often don’t want it where they live,” he said.

“If everyone’s saying that, then you can’t build houses.”

Mr Barrett warned that small villages face an uncertain future if they do not grow, but reassured residents that any growth would be sensible.

“It’s got to be proportional to the size of the village, but everyone has to do their bit,” he said. “You can’t just say ‘we are happy as we are’.

“Obviously, the larger towns and villages will take a larger proportion.

“This is sustainable development,” he added.