Councillors give Bures protests short shrift

THE construction of 35 new homes in Bures has been granted permission – despite the protests of villagers.

Proposals to build a variety of properties, including flats, bungalows and houses, on a site south of Friends Field went before a development committee at Babergh District Council on Wednesday.

Although a combined total of 115 residents from Friends Field, Claypits Avenue and Tawneys Ride had signed two petitions outlining their grievances with the development, the plans were approved.

Bures district councillor Peter Holbrook opposed the plans, citing overdevelopment, along with parking and traffic issues.

“I wasn’t happy with the decision,” said Mr Holbrook.

“I am not against the principle because the site has been allocated for housing but the primary school is already at capacity and the roads around the school get clogged up.

“There is insufficient parking on the development and this will cause big problems in other parts of the village.”

Bures Parish Council had objected to the plans on the grounds of increased congestion and advice from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust that the site may be of ecological interest.

Parish councillors also argued that the positioning of the 12 affordable houses on the development, next to another area of affordable housing in Tawneys Ride, gave the impression of a “ghetto area”.

Mr Holbrook, who lives in Croftside, Bures, said these views should have been given more weight by the ruling committee.

“For 115 people to sign these petitions is a very big percentage in a small village,” he said.

“There are problems with access to Tawneys Ride due to the presence of garages – a recipe for disaster with people reversing into the path of speeding cars.”

The plans, which were submitted by property development company Charles Church, were approved subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement – money to offset the impact of the development – and under the provision the homes are built within the next three years.

Work is due to start this summer and the first homes are expected to be ready later this year.