Great Whelnetham Parish Council to discuss Erskine Lodge redevelopment proposal

Erskine Lodge, Great Whelnetham ANL-140826-154123009
Erskine Lodge, Great Whelnetham ANL-140826-154123009
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Villagers concerned about a scheme to build more than 60 homes on the site of a former sheltered housing facility are being encouraged to attend a meeting next month.

Havebury Housing Partnership intends to apply for planning permission to redevelop the Erskine Lodge site in Great Whelnetham, which is no longer fit for purpose.

Erskine Lodge, Great Whelnetham

Erskine Lodge, Great Whelnetham

Public meetings have taken place to discuss Havebury’s development brief, which proposes building around 65 new homes, with some villagers meeting last week to talk about ‘how to stop or minimise the project’.

Resident Peter Royce said ‘people aren’t happy’ about it.

Their concerns include the ‘out of place’ designs, the concept of having ‘lots of flats that wouldn’t be in keeping with the village,’ a lack of provision for elderly people and inadequate provision for cars and older children within the development.

“The whole complex seems to be more suited to a town estate than a rural village,” said Mr Royce, who is also a parish councillor.

Karen Mayhew, Havebury’s chief executive, said she hoped to ‘find the right balance’ between residents’ views and the need for new homes.

She said: “We are considering the comments that have been made so far and will continue to work with the local community and St Edmundsbury Borough Council prior to a planning application being submitted.

“There is a shortage of affordable homes in the area and, as a charity, Havebury is committed to meeting housing need.”

The parish council will discuss the scheme at its meeting in the community centre at 7.30pm on September 10.