Children’s safety ‘in jeopardy’

A group of residents have banded together in objection to a planning application at the backs of their houses, near Kingsway in Mildenhall. ANL-151002-230745009
A group of residents have banded together in objection to a planning application at the backs of their houses, near Kingsway in Mildenhall. ANL-151002-230745009
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A close-knit community in Mildenhall is rallying against a planning application which families believe is jeopardising their children’s safety.

The outline application for 29 houses behind Wren Close, Robin Close and Sanderling Close, on the Lark estate, has met with widespread dissatisfaction from residents.

Some are concerned that a planned access road for the development, at the end of Wren Close, will pose a threat to children who currently play at the end of the road.

Mother and Wren Close resident Sarah Sharp said: “Our children all play on the green at the bottom of the road, so there are concerns about their safety. They’re no longer going to feel safe there.

“We are quite close knit on the estate and all look out for each other. It’s so sad it has come to this. Everyone is getting angry and worried.”

Sarah is concerned she and many others will lose their privacy if the new development goes ahead.

“We bought this house 13 years ago, and a main attracton was that it is not overlooked. That is how everyone else here feels,” she said.

Fellow parent Donna Bridgen, of Robin Close, said: “There are lots of families here with young children and we don’t have to worry about cars.

“We’re a close-knit community. I think the developers underestimate how close we are to all our neighbours.

“What about our children, who is thinking about their safety? They won’t be able to go out and play unsupervised anymore. There’s going to be so much more traffic that it will be too dangerous.”

The development, proposed by Webster Associates, also includes a pedestrian alleyway for the new development’s residents to reach the town centre.

However, Donna believes there is no need for another town centre access.

Sarah added: “That alleyway will be scary, and our elderly residents and children will unsafe and vulnerable.”

Sarah and Donna have together started a campaign against the proposals, distributing leaflets and organising a petition. They also held a well attended meeting for residents on Saturday.

Donna said: “Everyone is willing to help because they feel so passionately about it.”

Webster Associates said the development’s means of access were still to be determined, but did not wish to comment further.