A dangerous legacy planned

Since last week’s report about the proposed development of 51 houses in the centre of Long Melford, Babergh planners have revealed a document from their “independent highways consultant” that was missing from the original report and have launched yet another 14-day consultation period – the fifth in the last seven months.

The new document is a Road Safety Audit of the planned new development and makes many of the points that Melford residents have been making for months.

The access road between the Cock and Bell and Trowmans buildings is narrow and dangerous and pedestrians (and cyclists, parents with pushchairs, wheelchair-users etc) are at particular risk.

The internal road is also narrow and the proposed remote parking arrangements for many homes is likely to lead to residents parking outside their homes and blocking the road.

The report makes various recommendations to tackle these problems. But the fundamental flaw remains. The site has inadequate access for 51 new homes and the consequent increase in vehicular and pedestrian movements.

There isn’t room for a proper footpath and any large vehicle entering, such as a removal van or refuse vehicle, will block both the access road and the internal road.

The development has not been properly thought through or planned and should be rejected by Babergh and completely rethought.

This site is in the centre of a historic village and Melford residents want a development they can be proud of for years to come – not a dangerous legacy left by profit-seeking developers and inadequate local planning.

If you agree, please write to Babergh Planning Control Dept, Corks Lane, Hadleigh, Ipswich, IP7 6SJ by May 23.

David Watts


Fleetwood Caravan Neighbourhood Group