Homes plan will not be rushed

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Moves to create a development of 25 new homes in Boxford will not be rushed into, as the village does not want to be left with something it regrets.

That is the view of Roger Balls, chairman of Boxford Parish Council, who said he has spoken with a number of residents about proposals to build homes on Sand Hill, adding that the authority had the best interests of the village at heart.

“There are concerns about traffic and getting to and from the site,” said Mr Balls.

“There is also an issue of drainage, as there is a brook near the site, but we will not go ahead with anything until we have considered it carefully.”

Last week, 20 residents attended a parish council meeting to air their feelings on the plan, which would include 20 affordable homes.

It has been said that the scheme, which the council is working on with Iceni Homes and Babergh District Council, could put extra pressure on the village’s infrastructure.

Mr Balls said a lack of affordable housing in Boxford was a major problem and the houses were needed.

“People on ordinary wages cannot afford a house,” he said. “Boxford in the past has blossomed from new builds and it will again, but this will not be rushed.”

A public exhibition displaying the proposals – yet to be submitted for planning permission – was held earlier this month.

Iceni Homes is currently reviewing feedback before progressing with the scheme.

A meeting to discuss drainage issues is due to take place early next month.