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Dismay as 100 homes get nod

PUBLISHED: 11:21 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 July 2010

ONE hundred new homes are to be built near Lowestoft despite a protest petition signed by 500 villagers complaining that the local roads and schools will not be able to cope.

ONE hundred new homes are to be built near Lowestoft despite a protest petition signed by 500 villagers complaining that the local roads and schools will not be able to cope.

Proposals to build 70 houses and 30 flats at the top of Ullswater, on the edge of the Bloodmoor estate at Carlton Colville, were approved on Wednesday.

The Persimmon Homes scheme, comprising a mix of houses and affordable flats, was backed by Waveney District Council development control committee although neighbours claimed that the density of houses would be too high and that the site could not cope with more than 80 homes.

Waveney's consultant planning officer, Tony Bowhill, said the number of properties was acceptable, especially since 30 affordable properties would be provided.

Mr Bowhill said the flats, to be run by Flagship Housing Assoc-iation, were likely to be built first and the 70 houses, to be sold on the open market, would go up over the next few years when the housing market had recovered.

Villagers and Carlton Colville Parish Council objected to the plans, arguing that the devel-opment would make narrow, busy roads more dangerous and affect over-subscribed schools.

Parish councillor Terry Fleet said: “Residents adjacent to this site believe that the density is too high and should be reduced.

“This would have a less detrimental impact on the local area. The development principle is accepted, but the density is too high. The buildings should be two storeys, not three, and the road and pavement network on the existing roads should be improved.”

Martin Davidson, land director for Persimmon, told the meeting that concerns raised by residents about schools and roads had not been supported by Suffolk County Council.

He added: “The density of the site meets existing government targets. While this has increased in numbers since local plans in 1997, it is in accordance with current policies. We consider that the concerns of the parish council and residents, where justified, have been addressed.”

A 500-signature petition against the plans was submitted to the council, and Nick Jack, who lives on Ullswater, said villagers would do all they could to have the number of properties reduced from 100 to 80 or fewer.

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