Community leaders on Moreton Hall have warned that an Eastern Relief Road will do little to mitigate 550 new homes.
Taylor Wimpey, the developers behind the 550 homes is to contribute towards the road – a St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokeswoman said the road would cost £15m and the developer’s contribution is still to be negotiated.
The money from Taylor Wimpey is meant to pay for infrastructure to lessen the impact the houses may have on existing traffic problems.
But Cllr Trevor Beckwith who represents the estate on borough council and Suffolk County Council said: “The road is going to help Suffolk Business Park expand – I have no problem with that, it is what it was originally for.
“But the impact on residential traffic will be negligible.”
He and Mike Bacon, chairman of the community assciation both said traffic can already avoid the Sainsbury’s roundabout to get on the A14.
They feel few residents will actually use the new road.
Cllr Beckwith said the only solution was to not build the extra houses.
“I’m sorry a five bed home on Moreton Hall is not going to solve the waiting list,” he said.
But Mr Bacon said he accepts the houses should be built. He instead argued more work needed to be done to get the infrastructure right.
A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “The Eastern Relief Road is necessary to serve existing and proposed development in the area of Moreton Hall.
“It will benefit new and existing residents in the area by providing direct access to the A14 via an improved junction 45, this will also provide a more convenient alternative to the much used Sainsbury’s junction (junction 44).
“The construction of the Eastern Relief Road will be an important step in realising the planning policy objectives for Bury, it will bring benefits in terms of the traffic movement and support economic development and the provision of new homes.”
Meanwhile Cllr Frank Warby tweeted in response to this story: “Nothing we can or will do will ever satisfy Cllr Beckwith. Doom and Gloom.”