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Scores of residents object to new homes plans for Thurston

Thurston residents are objecting to outline plans for a further 58 homes in the village, on top of more than 1,000 previously approved.

Edward Myatt has applied to Mid Suffolk District Council to build the properties off Barrells Road, with the scheme including 12 almshouses, eight affordable homes, a cycle track and 17 allotments.

A design and access statement by Purcell on behalf of the applicant says the scheme has been designed as ‘an exemplar in a large Suffolk village at risk of being swamped in mediocrity by national housebuilders.”

Thurston Village Sign. (33895372)
Thurston Village Sign. (33895372)

But residents said the proposal does not comply with Thurston’s Neighbourhood Plan and have concerns about overlooking, inadequate parking, impact on visual amenity, highway issues, increased traffic and disturbance and damage to local ecology and wildlife.

Jonathan Masters, a Thurston resident, said: “We are absolutely fed up with the developers and to a certain extent the planners.

“The pandemic seems no bar to the planners ploughing on regardless.”

The plans have already received 70 public objections.

One resident said: “Planners! Enough is enough. You have already approved applications which will virtually double the population, and traffic volume of Thurston with no infrastructural improvement.”

Another said: “The proposed plans are a clear case of over-development led by the desire to cram as many houses as possible into a limited space yielding the highest return possible on the land available no matter what the local impact

See the plans at www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/planning and search for planning reference DC/20/00608

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