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Villagers voice concerns about impact of potential 150-home development in Great Cornard




Residents packed out the Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard to voice their concerns over 150 homes potentially being built on land south of Davidson Close.

Great Cornard Parish Council chairman Stewart Sheridan said that between 40 and 50 people attended the council meeting last week to discuss the topic.

He said: “It was standing room only, which is unusual for a parish council meeting. It was quite lively and people were objecting to the size of the roads and access, as well as wildlife concerns.

SUDBURY: Green Area Belt Group. Larry and Valerie Land from Long Melford with Janet Smith, Nick Miller and Martin Peers. Picture: Mark Westley. (5401871)
SUDBURY: Green Area Belt Group. Larry and Valerie Land from Long Melford with Janet Smith, Nick Miller and Martin Peers. Picture: Mark Westley. (5401871)

“I told residents that they need to make their views known to the district council. Normally, the parish council is notified and asked for its view as part of the process but, as there is currently no planning application in place, we cannot do that.”

Development firm Hunstowe Land is seeking to promote agricultural fields around 23 acres south of Davidson Close for homes as part of Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s joint local plan.

Bures resident Nick Miller, a wilflife campaigner, said: “The views and public access are crucial to the future of people in our area. The severe concerns also include flooding, road capacity and oversubscribed schools and surgeries.

Sarah Broomfield, from Chaplin Walk, said she was concerned about the loss of wildlife. She said: “We regularly see barn owls hunting over the fields at the back and we hear a tawny owl almost every night. We have hedgehogs visit our garden and there are skylarks, bats, sparrow hawks, buzzards and kestrels.

“It seems such an important area for wildlife. You can imagine how devastated we are that it could all be ruined.”


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