Hamlet residents’ worries over future

A GROUP of homeowners living near Moreton Hall have set up an action group to save their rural surroundings from being ‘engulfed from all sides’.

For the residents of the six homes that make up Cattishall – a hamlet which dates back to 1187 – Taylor Wimpey’s Moreton Hall development and Berkeley’s Compiegne Way development pose a threat.

They have already been approved as part of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Vision 2031, which states how many homes will be built on each site over the next 20 years – 500 and 1,250 respectively.

Avril and Hugh Howcutt have lived in their Cattishall home for 34 years.

“We all bought our houses here because we wanted to be in the country and we want to preserve it,” said Mr Howcutt.

Joanna Mayer has owned property in the remote hamlet, two miles east of Bury St Edmunds, for 26 years.

She said: “Our huge concern is protecting what’s been here for generations and generations.”

The homeowners have set up the Cattishall Residents’ Association and joined the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The residents’ borough councillor, Sarah Broughton, has declared an interest because she is related to Lord Fairhaven, who owns the land around the hamlet. But she said she supported their actions and urged them to work closely with Great Barton Parish Council and attend planned workshops on November 19.

The residents are concerned about being incorporated into Moreton Hall which will, they say, drastically change the landscape, damage the area’s orich wildlife, cause traffic congestion and decrease property values.

“The development is going to happen but we want a say in how it’s developed,” said resident Paul Lamplough.

“We want Cattishall to retain its individuality because that’s the way that it has always been.”