Plan goes in for 80 new homes in village

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A planning application, which, if successful, would see 80 homes being built in Long Melford, has been submitted.

Outline planning permission is being sought for the development, which would include 35 per cent of affordable homes, on land north of Ropers Lane on Rodbridge Hill.

The proposals have been put forward by Southsea Properties and come as many residents continue to contest plans for 51 homes on the former Fleetwood Caravans site near Hall Street.

Peter Turner, chairman of Long Melford Parish Council, said members were due to discuss the plans, which consist of 47 three and four-bedroom houses, and 33 one and two-bedroom flats.

“We have not really had a chance to get our head around the plans yet and it is something that will come up at out meeting on June 17,” he said. “We have to look at it in detail and will then want to make some constructive comments.”

Villagers are currently awaiting the outcome of an inquiry into plans by David Wilson Homes for the former caravan business, for which there has been fierce opposition due to concerns over access and pedestrian safety.

Mr Turner said that did not mean residents were against all housing projects.

“I think it is fair to say many local people are not against the principle of development,” he said.

“The Fleetwood plan was opposed on technical grounds, not simply because it is in the village.

“People are realists and know these homes will be there a long time, so it is important it is right.”