Holiday units get the go ahead

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PLANS to build holiday units on a site in Little Stonham have got the go-ahead from planners, despite objections from some neighbours.

The land at the back of the Magpie Inn, in Norwich Road, will be used for stationing holiday units after Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning control committee approved the plans last week.

Permission was also granted to allow an access way and hardstandings, as well as landscaping on the site currently used as a paddock.

David Hughes, of Church Lane, objected to the plans, saying it would be ‘an overdevelopment of the site’ and there was ‘little evidence of a demand for holiday accommodation in the village’.

Another neighbour opposed to the plans said: “The applicant seems to think he can cram as much as possible into one small field.”

“The environment will suffer and with the increase of traffic 24/7, coming and going, the accident risk will increase on the A140,” he added.

Some villagers were, however, in favour of the plans, believing it would benefit the local community which has experienced recent shop closures, while providing local people and tradesmen with jobs and attracting visitors to the area.

In line with recommendations, the planning committee refused two further applications for the same site, one for a 25 room motel with a car park and footbridge link to the pub and the other for a house and store for the manager of the motel and holiday lodges.