Exhibition to be held on village homes plan

WHAT MIGHT BE: An artist's impression of the development.
WHAT MIGHT BE: An artist's impression of the development.
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Proposals to build more than 40 new homes in Bildeston are to be put before residents next week.

An outline planning application, which would see 45 homes built to the north of the B1078 in Rotherham Road, is being compiled by Freeth Cartwright LLP on behalf of the landowner.

Details of the scheme, which would include a number of affordable homes and open space, are due to be presented to villagers during a public exhibition at Bildeston Baptist Church on Tuesday between 2pm and 8pm.

Tom Ryder-Smith, the owner of the site proposed for development, said he believed the homes represented a “sustainable opportunity” which would support businesses in the area and strengthen the community.

“We have ties with Bildeston right back to the 1800s, through the Scarfe family name, and therefore want to see any development protect this unique village that is very close to our family roots,” he said.

“Following early discussions with the local planning authority, we are looking forward to sharing our ideas for how the site could be developed.”

Bildeston Parish Council is expected to discuss the plans during a meeting on Monday.

Councillor Ashley Hubbard said he had not received any complaints about the proposals, adding that any concerns should be raised with the authority.