Developer Barham Build and Design plans four homes in Stowmarket, and residents are not happy
A developer has hit back at claims that a plan for four homes in Stowmarket will pave the way for a much larger development.
Having last year abandoned plans for 56 homes on agricultural land off Finborough Road, Barham Build and Design has now applied to begin a much smaller development.
This would be at Tinkler’s Meadow, an area home to varieties of wildlife, including otters, and part of Rattlesden River green corridor.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Stowmarket Town Council have joined more than 100 members of the public in objecting to the proposal since it went online shortly before Christmas.
Judith Thompson, who lives near the site, is leading a campaign encouraging residents to object to plans and has spotted otters in and around the river.
She said: “We believe this bit of land is worth standing up for. It is not appropriate to build on.
“Four houses does not sound very much, but we believe the developers are trying to set a precedent. The scale of this is much smaller than the 56 homes, but the issues remain.
“We want to support the council in objecting to this.”
Other residents have raised concerns about building on land outside of Stowmarket boundary, reducing the only open space between Stowmarket and Onehouse and the impact of building on a flood plain.
Mid-Suffolk District Council is currently processing the application.
John Barham, of Barham Build and Design, has denied he will seek further builds.
He said: “It fills in with the next natural development in Stowmarket. This area has been residential for a number of families since 1926 and it is not within the green belt.
“It was suggested by the council that it could be developed but it transpired it would be difficult to get that number of homes through.
“This is a much smaller development, but it is like they have copied and pasted their comments. Some are not even in the area and it is a disproportionate response. It feels like there is a Facebook posse against this.”