Villagers object to 190-home development

Stowupland Parish Chairman Keith welham at the proposed site for 190 new homes in the village ANL-150114-110657001
Stowupland Parish Chairman Keith welham at the proposed site for 190 new homes in the village ANL-150114-110657001
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Residents in Stowupland fear plans to build almost 200 new homes on farm land will

‘destabilise’ the village.

A public meeting has been called on January 28 to discuss the proposal for 190 homes on farm land between Gipping Road and Church Road following a previous meeting at the end of December.

Parish Chairman Keith Welham said the plans were very unpopular in the village.

He said: “The development, if approved, would increase the number of houses in the village by 20 percent.

“Residents fear that to have all these houses built in the planned short timescale would destabilise the village.

“The village produced a Parish Plan few years ago and a huge majority of residents - well over 90 per cent - were against such a development and still are. There are large developments planned for Stowmarket so this development so close to Stowmarket is unnecessary.”

Keith said villagers had safety concerns about the 30mph Church Road and Gipping Road which will feed the development as well as concerns over wildlife in the area and the lack of infrastructure in the village

Resident Michael Nunn, who lives close to the proposed site, said: “There is lots of support in the village against it.

“Just round the corner is the big estate at Cedars Park which is still growing. Why do we need another one? There have been developments in the village before with extra homes but this is a huge increase in the size of the village and totally out of character.”

Developer Gladman Ltd did not want to comment.