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New homes battle set to begin again

PUBLISHED: 22:44 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 05 July 2010

THE battle lines look set to be drawn in Lowestoft again, as plans to build new homes on three different sites are set to be discussed in the New Year.

THE battle lines look set to be drawn in Lowestoft again, as plans to build new homes on three different sites are set to be discussed in the New Year.

More than five months after campaigners were celebrating victories as councillors voted against housing schemes proposed for Lowestoft, Kessingland and Carlton Colville, the fight looks set to be resumed.

Developers overseeing the proposals for three major applications across the town have lodged appeals against the refusals. And next month two local hearings will be held at Lowestoft Town Hall, with another likely to be held in forthcoming weeks.

The Journal revealed in July how protesters had flocked to a meeting of Waveney District Council's development control committee to hear councillors dismiss plans for 42 new homes.

These were applications from Wellington Construction to build 20 affordable houses on land south of The Nordalls in Kessingland, Flagship Housing Group's aim to build 14 affordable homes (four flats and ten houses) at the Four Acres site at Rushmere Road in Carlton Colville and a proposal from Badger Building to build eight bungalows with associated garages on land behind homes in Rowan Way and demolish 19 Rowan Way to form a new access.

The concerns of residents in Kessingland centred around the fact that the village had suffered from serious flooding problems in the past and that the existing sewers would not be able to cope with further development.

With more than 500 people signing a petition, councillors went against officers' recommendations and unanimously refused the application - despite Wellington Construction director Philip Oldman stating there was a shortage of affordable homes in the area.

But this week, notification of a planning inquiry was received after Wellington Construction successfully lodged an appeal. This hearing will take place in the council chamber at 10am on January 28, 2009.

Councillors also went against the recommendations of Waveney's planning officers in turning down the Badger Building application by just one vote.

Last week, managing director Stephen George lodged an appeal against the council's decision and a statement read: “The Secretary of State has, with the consent of the parties concerned, agreed to determine the appeal by way of a local hearing at a date to be arranged.”

Neighbours, a local school and the parish council objected to Flagship House's plans for 14 homes at Four Acres and councillors subsequently voted 9-2 to refuse the application.

After the decision, a spokesman for Flagship Housing urged the council to be “proactive” to help reduce the shortage of affordable housing in Lowestoft.

And this week, it was revealed that a planning inquiry was received after the group successfully lodged an appeal. This hearing will take place in the council chamber at 10am on January 27, 2009.

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