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Lowestoft residents up in arms over plan

PUBLISHED: 11:20 14 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:31 06 July 2010

ANGRY residents of a “quiet” street in Lowestoft have hit out at plans to build 39 new homes on their doorstep.

Householders in Woods Loke East and neighbouring properties in Highgrove Close have lodged objections with Waveney District Council, following an application from Wellington Construction Ltd for a “residential development for 39 dwellings, including all siteworks, in Woods Loke East.

ANGRY residents of a “quiet” street in Lowestoft have hit out at plans to build 39 new homes on their doorstep.

Householders in Woods Loke East and neighbouring properties in Highgrove Close have lodged objections with Waveney District Council, following an application from Wellington Construction Ltd for a “residential development for 39 dwellings, including all siteworks, in Woods Loke East.”

Expressing concerns over a rise in traffic, flooding problems, the loss of wildlife and the potential for a “major accident” in the road, residents are up-in-arms over the latest application - which has been submitted seven years after a previous plan for 25 dwellings was dismissed.

74-year-old Kathleen Nixon, from Woods Loke East, told The Journal that most of the residents in the street were elderly - with many in their seventies, eighties and nineties.

“For the last 39 years of living down Woods Loke East in a quiet environment we now find that a planning application has gone in yet again - this time to build 39 houses,” she said.

“We don't need this hassle at this time of our lives. “How can you turn down a plan for 25 houses and build 39 houses?” she asked.

Echoing these sentiments, Mrs R Carroll from the same street said: “This is a ridiculous application as it means about 60 more cars would use this road and it is bad enough getting out of this road now.

“There is no thought for the children who go through the bridge path Woods Loke School - it is going to be hazardous.”

The site, which is found on the eastern side of Peto Way, totals 0.98 hectares and in a report submitted to Waveney, prepared by ASD Architecture Ltd from Halesworth for Wellington Construction Ltd, they state that flooding issues have been addressed through a Flood Risk Assessment.

In April 2002, Badger Building submitted an application for 25 dwellings, but this was refused in September that year.

However, the report states: “Between the original refused application and this current application a number of Brownfield sites have been developed in the locality - with ASD Architecture involved in developments at Oulton Road service station and Bourne Road.”

The application, if approved, would also lead to the creation of a play area. Each property would have a new private drive access.

The plans, which have been submitted to the district council, are currently “pending consideration” and planners are likely to make a decision in forthcoming weeks.


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