Plans to extend Stowmarket’s town boundary have been described as ‘landgrabbing’ by a parish council chairman.
A draft proposal of the Community Governance Review, which could see the town’s borders extend into the parishes of Onehouse, Combs, Haughley and Creeting St Mary, has been published by Mid Suffolk District Council.
With plans to build more than 700 new homes on the outskirts of the town over the next five years, the town council say the move will ensure residents are appropriately represented by their councillors.
But Onehouse Parish Ccouncil chairman Ron Raisey said residents would suffer from the boundary change.
He said: “It is just the big boys trying to ride roughshod over smaller parishes – it is landgrabbing.
“We are absolutely furious with Stowmarket Town Council. We don’t understand why the new houses have to go into Stowmarket because the town council only really provides the cinema, cemetery, library and recreation ground for the centre of the town.
“Residents would also benefit more from living in Onehouse than Stowmarket because of the lower Council Tax and lower precept.”
Ian Clarke, chairman of Combs Parish Council said he was disappointed with the plans but not surprised.
He said: “They are just coming in, taking a piece of our land and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Stowmarket town clerk David Blackburn defended the move.
“We cannot see any logic behind a final outcome that would carve up pieces of Stowmarket so it is shared by neighbouring parishes.
“We fully understand the views expressed but feel the proposals are sound and appropriate and make the most sense for the local area.”
The decision will go to MSDC’s full council on December 17.