Beck Row housing plan gains support

Beck Row site for housing development
Beck Row site for housing development

Plans to build up to 124 new homes in Beck Row have been given the support of the parish council.

Beck Row Parish Council voted unanimously to support an outline planning proposal for the site in Aspal Lane on Wednesday.

Initially concerns were expressed by councillors that the number of homes may be disproportionate to the size of the village.

However their concerns were alleviated when it was announced that an agreed five meter buffer between properties and adjacent mobile home site Rozel Park would reduce the number of houses.

Within its statement of support the council made a request that affordable housing built on the site go to people who live, work or have family connections in the village.

Cllr Kay Sallis said: My only concern is that I would like to see the social housing go to local people.”

Chairman Gary Peachey said: “It would be nice to have some smaller properties for retired village people.”

The plan presented at the meeting showed a range of properties from one bedroom bungalows to four bedroom houses.

A number of Rozel Court’s residents attended the meeting and expressed concerns about the effect of cumulative housing plans on the village and increased noise.

In response to concerns concessions have been made by the applicant, Asapal Ltd, including the buffer.

The current site plan also includes a line of bungalows at the edge of the site to protect their privacy.

In light of the consensus reached Cllr Alan Vickerage said he was disappointed that only outline planning consent had been sought.

He said: “What we have seen there and what we had been led to believe may not happen.”

In expressing their support councillors also voted to reinforce that sewage issues experienced in the area should be rectified prior to development.

The outline plan will now go before Forest Heath District Council.