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Parish council feels residents have been shown ‘disrespect’ by developer

Mid Suffolk District Council has voted to extend Stowmarket's town and boundaries''Pictured: Onehouse village sign ANL-141230-130418009
Mid Suffolk District Council has voted to extend Stowmarket's town and boundaries''Pictured: Onehouse village sign ANL-141230-130418009

A parish council feels residents are being ‘disrespected’ in the way a consultation for 300 homes in the village is being carried out.

Developer Hopkins Homes is seeking views on plans for homes on a patch of land off Union Road in Onehouse. However, Onehouse Parish Chairman Ron Raisey says although approximately 90 percent of the homes will fall within the parish’s boundary, the majority of consultation letters have been sent to residents in Stowmarket.

He said: “The Parish Council met with Hopkins Homes this week to raise concerns with the labelling of the proposed development as being in Union Road, Stowmarket when in fact Union Road is wholly in the parish of Onehouse.

“They are being disrespectful to our residents.”

Mr Raisey felt the views of the council were not heard at the meeting with planning manager Robert Eburne.

“His whole attitude was arrogant and he gave the impression that whatever we felt he was certain the development would go ahead, even giving a time scale of when they expected to get permission and even the timing of when the first house was likely to be built.”

Mr Raisey urged residents to have their say at a public consultation being held at Wood Ley Primary School in Stowmarket on Thursday December 10 between 4pm and 8pm.

Mr Eburne said: “We had a positive meeting with Onehouse Parish Council where we presented and discussed our proposed plans to build 300 new homes on land identified as suitable for development as part of the adopted Stowmarket Area Action Plan, which also includes the approved development at Chilton Leys.

“The proposed development delivers much needed new homes, including starter homes, at a time when the District Council needs to plan for a step change in development because of its declared housing supply shortage.

“We appreciate that a large part of the site is within the Onehouse parish boundary and, in accordance with the adopted Stowmarket Area Action Plan, seek to ensure that the integrity and character of the village will be respected.

“We have assured Onehouse Parish Councillors that the development is sustainably proposed and welcome all residents of Onehouse and Stowmarket to provide feedback on the plans at the consultation event.

“This initial consultation seeks the views of the public on a wide range of issues and all comments received will be reviewed and taken into account before the project moves further forward.”


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