Scheme for 15 village homes wins approval

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Councillors hope the building of 15 new affordable homes in Glemsford will solve a desperate need in the village, despite criticism of the plans.

On Wednesday, members of Babergh District Council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the new properties on land to the rear of Schoolfield.

The development, which has been drawn up by Ely-based The Design Partnership on behalf of land owners Babergh District Council, will see nine two-bedroom and six three-bedroom homes built.

Rex Thake, district councillor for Glemsford, told the meeting that the site had been earmarked for development for 20 years.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” he said. “It’s near to the village facilities and I think these homes are badly needed.”

Fellow councillor Jack Owen said he welcomed plans for new homes to satisfy the local housing need, while councillor Mary Munson called it a “very acceptable site”.

There were objections from some residents, with a petition signed by 60 people highlighting concerns over increased traffic and demand for parking on neighbouring roads.

Case officer John Davies, who had recommended the scheme for approval, stated that parking should be well catered for.

Each property will have two parking spaces, while there will be two visitor spaces and on-street availability.

A number of conditions have been attached to any construction work, including securing financial contributions towards local libraries and funding for improvements to a bus stop in Broadway.