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100 new homes planned

PUBLISHED: 12:50 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 05 July 2010

A hundred homes could be built near Lowestoft, despite villagers' fears that the roads and schools will not be able to cope.

Persimmon Homes has applied to build 70 houses and 30 flats at the top of Ullswater, on the edge of the Bloodmoor housing estate in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft.

A hundred homes could be built near Lowestoft, despite villagers' fears that the roads and schools will not be able to cope.

Persimmon Homes has applied to build 70 houses and 30 flats at the top of Ullswater, on the edge of the Bloodmoor housing estate in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft.

But people living nearby say the development, which would be a mixture of affordable flats and houses on the open market, will make busy roads more dangerous and affect oversubscribed schools.

Similar plans were withdrawn this spring and now a petition has been signed by more than 450 villagers calling for the proposals to be turned down when they are discussed by Waveney District Council's develop-ment control committee next Wednesday.

Dawn Carver, who lives on Ullswater, said residents would fight the new plans as they had done in the past. “When the application was resubmitted this summer, we said we would object again and we did. We even repeated the petition.

“We're under no illusions that Persimmon would be refused planning permission, but we will make a presence at the meeting and have our say.”

Suffolk County Council said that while local middle and high schools had spaces available for new pupils, the village's primary school was already over capacity, but Persimmon Homes has offered to contribute £128,000 towards local education as part of the development.

A report by Waveney's planning officers said the proposals fitted in with government guidelines on providing affordable and sustainable homes.

It said: “Understandably those in Ullswater, and elsewhere, are concerned about the effect on local amenities, particularly through traffic generation.

“The immediate highway network is suitable for this level of development and it is not considered that, overall, local environmental conditions will be significantly worsened, bearing in mind that this is an identified housing site, the last phase in a wider area.”

Martin Davidson, land director at Persimmon Homes, said: “We do recognise the concerns that have been expressed, but this is a parcel of land that has been allocated for residential development since 1997 and this is the final phase of the Bloodmoor development.

“There are no objections to the application from the Highways Agency, the Environment Agency, Anglian Water or any of the other statutory consultees, which conflicts with the views of the residents.

“We are already making a contrib-ution towards the improvement of the education system, public and open spaces, play equipment and waste recycling in the area.

“There are a number of community benefits that will come out of this development.”

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