Onehouse residents urged to comment on Union Road plan

Site of Hopkins Homes proposed development in Union Road between Onehouse and Stowmarket ANL-160526-165052001

Site of Hopkins Homes proposed development in Union Road between Onehouse and Stowmarket ANL-160526-165052001

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A parish council chairman has called on villagers to make their feelings known about a plan for 300 homes.

Onehouse Parish Council held a special meeting last week about the Hopkins Homes plan for which a development brief has been submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council for the houses on land off Union Road between Stowmarket and Onehouse, 90 per cent of which are in Onehouse Parish.

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Ron Raisey calls on residents to have their say ENGANL00520130410101617

Parish chairman Ron Raisey said afterwards: “If you want to have your say you’ve got until close of play on May 31. If you object, you need to say ‘object’ in the forefront of your submission otherwise they’ll put you down as undecided.”

He said the mood of the meeting had been ‘obviously anti’ the development, with people concerned about traffic, health provision and schooling.

Some at the meeting questioned the need for the homes as potential locations for up to 1,800 had been identified in the Stowmarket area.

Mr Raisey said Union Road was the already busy the main route from Onehouse to Stowmarket and A14 and is part of cycle route 51, but has no footpaths or street lights and has speeding problems.

He said one doctors’ surgery has already stopped taking new patients and though there is a school planned for the nearby Chilton Leys development it is ‘eight to 10 years away’.

In the light of the planning appeal for houses off Church Road, Stowupland, overturning Mid Suffolk’s planning refusal,(click here for story) mainly because of the lack of a five-year housing supply policy, Mr Raisey said the parish was ‘extremely concerned’ the Union Road application would go the same way.

“It’s an open house invitation to developers to go anywhere they want and Mid Suffolk can’t do anything about it,” he said.

Hopkins homes had representatives at the meeting to answer questions.

Afterwards Simon Bryan, development director, said: “[Mid Suffolk] Council has already accepted the principle of the developing the Union Road site for housing as it was identified as a ‘reserve’ site in the Stowmarket Area Action Plan.

“As the existing development at Chilton Leys will now provide 200 less homes than originally planned, and in view that the Council is unable to demonstrate five years of housing land supply, now is considered the right time to bring forward development on this reserve site.

“The proposed development will deliver 300 much needed new homes, including starter homes suitable for first time buyers. It will also help the Council to meet its housing needs on land it has earmarked for housing development, rather than on less sustainable sites resulting from speculative proposals.”

Details of Hopkins Homes plans can be found at www.unionroadstowmarket.co.uk while the development brief can be seen and commented on at www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/planning-and-building