Council accused of ‘ignoring’ village concerns over Vision 2031 plans

Villagers and parish councillors from Westlety are displeased about the Vision 2031 proposals for Westley.
Villagers and parish councillors from Westlety are displeased about the Vision 2031 proposals for Westley.

A council has been accused of ‘ignoring’ a community’s concerns over the controversial Vision 2031 plans.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has ‘failed yet again to respond’ to the fears of the Westley community with a ‘lack of clarity and detail’, according to the village’s parish council.

In a statement, the parish council says the dimensions of a green buffer zone called for to separate the village from the development of a proposed 450 homes ‘continue to be undefined’.

Problems with a ‘lack of capacity in the traffic infrastructure, light and noise disruption’ associated with relocating West Suffolk Hospital as well as the ‘limitations of the site have all been ignored’.

The council also fears that a planned relief road will not be built at the same time as the housing.

Speaking to the Bury Free Press, chairman Chris Anderson criticised the ‘lack of clarity and detail’ in the proposals. He added that they will be responding to the borough council’s final Vision consultation.

A spokeswoman for the borough council said the principal of the development was agreed in 2010 following ‘extensive consultation and an examination by a Planning Inspector, which the parish council was involved with’.

A concept statement for the site, prepared following consultation last year, ‘is not intended to show the level of detail required by the parish council’. She added: “This will be worked up in more detailed masterplans and, ultimately, the planning applications.”