Inquiry could go into extra day

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A public inquiry into whether plans to build 51 homes in Long Melford should go ahead is expected to go into a third day.

David Wilson Homes wants to develop the former Fleetwood Caravans site off Hall Street, but faced opposition from residents.

A planning inspector heard arguments for and against the proposals, which include 18 affordable homes, at Hadleigh Town Hall on Tuesday and yesterday.

A strong contingent of villagers, many of whom are members of the Fleetwood Caravans Neighbourhood Group, made the journey after hiring a 33-seater bus.

Long Melford resident Shelia Woodward, who organised the coach, was among them.

“There are a lot of people who do not want these homes to be built on this site,” she said.

“It would mean too many houses close to the High Street in a heritage village.”

An application for the homes was turned down in June due to the potential dangers pedestrians would face on the narrow entrance and exit to the site, the absence of pavements and the number of buildings.

David Wilson Homes claims it has support from many in the village, particularly in regard to affordable housing.

“A third day has been set aside for the inquiry and I think it might be needed,” said Mrs Woodward.

A decision will be reached after the inquiry.