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Development proposal for Great Cornard draws concerns about loss of public access to green space

Concerns about the potential for urban sprawl – caused by excessive development in the Sudbury area – have been raised in response to a developer’s major housing proposal for Great Cornard.

Development firm Hunstowe Land is seeking to promote land south of Davidson Close for a development of up to 150 homes, as part of Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s joint local plan.

Although no formal planning application has been submitted, worried Cornard residents are seeking to raise awareness of the proposal, ahead of the next full parish council meeting on Monday.

Sudbury Nick Miller wants Sudbury to keep more green spaces...Picture Mark Westley. (21191075)
Sudbury Nick Miller wants Sudbury to keep more green spaces...Picture Mark Westley. (21191075)

Nick Miller, of the Sudbury Area Green Belt Group, said that villagers aware of the proposal feel very strongly about the potential loss of public access to green space and wildlife, but he is concerned that many people remain unaware of the possibility of development.

“We believe Great Cornard has become a dumping ground for houses, amounting to urban sprawl into the scenic surrounding land,” Mr Miller told the Free Press.

“To deprive Cornard residents of their beautiful natural surroundings is pure barbarism.

“We believe land around the fringe of towns must be a strong priority for any plans for the environment. These areas are often more important for people, heritage and wildlife than the more distant countryside.

“We call on all public organisations to start recognising this, and not just surround our towns with more concrete and tarmac building land.”

Mr Miller questioned why sites such as Davidson Close are being considered, when the major Chilton Woods development has still not been completed.

However, in its submission to Babergh District Council, Hunstowe claimed the site provided a sustainable location for development, with access to local services and transport connections.

The developer also said it is keen to engage with the parish council and residents to acquire feedback and help inform its proposals.

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