Homes saga rumbles on

LONG-RUNNING opposition to new homes being built on a former apple orchard in Bures St Mary has resulted in residents handing district planners a petition, writes Anne Wise.

Twenty-seven Bures St Mary’s villagers have signed the petition against the development for 35 homes, including a new access road from Friends Field and Tawneys Ride, citing concerns about traffic, access and parking in the area.

The petition was acknowledged by Babergh District Council’s development committee, which met on Wednesday morning.

It is the latest salvo to be fired in a long-running dispute by residents against building on the site, lasting 23 years.

The proposed 1.3 acre land is privately-owned, and the planning application is being submitted by developers Charles Church Homes.

According to the village’s website – – the so-called Eves Orchard proposal, which includes 12 affordable houses, is on land where 1,000 mature apple trees used to stand.

The current application is for two, three and four-bedroom apartments, bungalows and houses with roads, garages and driveways.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.