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West Suffolk Council approves plans for access road to serve housing development in Ixworth

Controverisal plans to install an access road to serve a 77-house development in Ixworth have been approved this week.

An application submitted to West Suffolk Council by Persimmon Homes was put before the council’s development control committee for the third time on Wednesday.

The road is one of a series of applications which have been submitted by Persimmon Homes since 2015, which would see the developer build the proposed development in land off Crown Lane in the village.

Ben Lord is the youngest Chairman at Ixowrth Parish Council. (16167539)
Ben Lord is the youngest Chairman at Ixowrth Parish Council. (16167539)

But residents and councillors have been vocal about the plans, which include a right turn ghost junctionon the A1088, and earlier this year asked the developer to rethink the proposals.

Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday, Cllr Ben Lord, chairman of Ixworth Parish Council, said: “This development continues to be nothing short of a diabolical mess from start to finish.”

He added that the lack of a masterplan for the site by Persimmon Homes ‘demonstrates contempt for the process and for the village as a whole’.

But councillors expressed frustration at the number of times the application had been put before them and called for a decision to be made.

Cllr David Roach said: “I’ve nothing really much to say except that this has been dragging on and dragging on and I think we’ve got to make some sort of decision.

“It’s not fair on the applicant or anyone else to keep it going on.”

Cllr Jim Thorndyke added: “I’m sorry, particularly for the parish of Ixworth but I think we’ve been debating this for too long and we have no choice but to go with it.”

The committee approved the plans by 11 votes to four, with one abstention.

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