Villagers hit out at plans for 158 new homes in Glemsford
Plans to build nearly 160 new homes in Glemsford have been met by criticism from villagers, who have registered their objections to Babergh District Council.
More than 70 people have opposed a proposal for outline planning permission to build 98 homes and 60 retirement flats on land west of Low Street.
In a report prepared by Hadleigh architects Wincer Kievenaar, on behalf of the developer EJL Landholdings, it says that there is an identified need for new homes in the district.
It says that Glemsford has been identified as a core village, considered “capable of accommodating an increase in population”.
The report continues: “An analysis of the village has developed an understanding that the proposed site is the most suitable.
“Following the call to identify development land, this site was proposed by the landowner as it is suitably located, close to the central amenities of Glemsford.”
So far, 76 people have objected to the plans, with many citing traffic issues and a lack of village facilities.
Martin Render, of Fern Hill said: “The proposed site encroaches on green belt significantly, and would destroy a marvellous, irreplaceable view.”
He added: “In the 25 years I’ve lived in Glemsford, the amount of traffic has grown immensely and the road network struggles to cope, with sight lines for drivers regularly obscured by parked cars.
“An increase of traffic from Low Street, Bells Lane and Park Lane will have a negative impact on residents.
“The ability of the village to sustain heavy goods and construction vehicles during the proposed build period will add even more strain to the condition of the network, which is currently in poor repair.”
Luke Pearce, of Gowers End, said: “I object to these plans because our village is already struggling with the influx of new houses and people.
“The school is full, the doctors can’t cope, not to mention the state of the roads.
“With the decline of all industry and jobs in the area, such as Delphi, Downs, Fleetwood Caravans and Bush Boake Allen, local people can not afford to buy the homes.”
Chris Lovett, from Foundry Close, added: “The village does not have the capacity for further housing. Schools and doctors are full, the roads are terrible.
“Due to the elevation of the land, the proposed housing would overlook and invade people’s privacy.
“It would be a real shame as the landscape would be ruined by a large, ugly, new development, which, as the field is one of the highest peaks in the area, could be viewed from afar.”
Dr Andrea Hewitt, from Plum Street, said: “Glemsford does not have the infrastructure to support yet another new housing development and has taken well beyond its fair share over recent years, as evidenced by the inability of the school, GP surgery and roads to cope with the demand.
“The plan is unsympathetic to the landscape and historical buildings nearby. The beautiful greenbelt that surrounds our village should not be sacrificed any further.”