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New homes bid sparks Lowestoft protest

PUBLISHED: 11:04 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:25 06 July 2010

SUFFOLK Preservation Society, National Grid and Carlton Colville Parish Council have all lodged objections to a planning application for 10 homes in a green space of less than an acre.

SUFFOLK Preservation Society, National Grid and Carlton Colville Parish Council have all lodged objections to a planning application for 10 homes in a green space of less than an acre.

The three bodies have all sent their objections to Waveney District Council after being asked to comment on a proposal by Persimmon Homes to build on the piece of land - known as the Green Triangle - near Beccles Road and Chapel Road, in Carlton Colville.

Local residents were shocked to discover that an application had been made, after previously seeing two applications withdrawn by the developer, and have once again united to battle the proposals.

Now, they have received support from three influential groups as opposition grows against the development.

Suffolk Preservation Society chairman Dr Mike Coleman said: “The society has commented on several previous applications when we objected strongly to the use of the site for any building at all

“The site is at present a green oasis, albeit small, and should remain as such. Development here will look exactly what it is - crammed in as an after thought.”

Carlton Colville parish council were also concerned about the visual impact of the development, objecting on a total of five different grounds. The parish council felt it wasn't in keeping with the street scene, there was inadequate access, inadequate space, in an unsafe location and sewerage problems.

Another body to register their objection was National Grid.

Natasha Hopka, of the plant protection team, said: “National Grid objects to the proposed application on the grounds that we have apparatus in the vicinity which may be affected.”

Waveney District Council has also received over 35 letters from local residents objecting to the proposal.

As part of phase six of its Carlton Park residential scheme, Persimmon wants to build 10 homes on the land, ranging from two to four bedrooms, with 14 car park spaces.

Earlier this month Martin Davidson, land director for Persimmon, spoke of how he hoped that previous objections had been considered in this planning application.

“We are conscious that the site has previously been refused but hope our designs and arrangements have overcome these on this occasion,” he said.

Waveney's development control committee is expected to discuss the application in January.


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