Developer submits fresh plans for 175 homes in Stowupland despite local opposition
Residents in Stowupland who successfully campaigned against a 190 development they said would ‘destabilise’ the village are now facing further plans to build 175 homes on the same plot.
The Parish Council thought they had heard the last of the proposal when it was refused by Mid Suffolk District Council earlier this year but developer Gladman appealed the decision and a public inquiry is set for April 2016.
However,the developer has now submitted new plans for 175 homes at the same site.
A public meeting has been set up for Wednesday September 23 at 7.30pm in Columbine Hall Barn to fight the plans.
District Councillor Keith Welham said the development was too big for a village of Stowupland’s size.
He said “The new development is pretty much the same as the last one, it’s only at the far end they have removed some houses.
“A sudden influx of that number of people will make a huge difference in the village.
“A present it is very difficult to get an appointment to see a doctor in Stowmarket, there is a real strain on medical services.
“Both schools say they are full too.
“We are in favour of a small number of homes in the right place but this is not the right place.
“Cars will have to go past he church and two schools and the village hall to get to the A14 to Stowmarket and Ipswich.
“The road can’t handle that number of vehicles.
“The other concern is there is no promise the houses will be in line with the need locally.
“There is a need for homes for young families and young couples who want to live in the village but there are no promises of that at all.
“The fear is that these will be big houses for people commuting from London and won’t connect to the rest of the village.”
A Gladman spokesman said: “We appreciate that people who live within the immediate vicinity of our housing proposals may have concerns, however these need to be balanced against the requirement to provide much needed new homes, to meet the differing needs of an increasing population and address housing affordability.”