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Wave of protest over homes bid

PUBLISHED: 18:22 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:19 06 July 2010

A FOURTH attempt to secure planning permission for 14 new homes in Carlton Colville has been met with anger from people living nearby amid fears over potential flooding and concerns about road safety.

A FOURTH attempt to secure planning permission for 14 new homes in Carlton Colville has been met with anger from people living nearby amid fears over potential flooding and concerns about road safety.

Lowestoft-based Wellington Construction has applied to demolish the existing car showroom, workshop and flat at the Four Acres site at the junction of Rushmere Road and Hall

Road. If its plans are given the go-ahead, the company would build

12 terraced houses, two semi-detached bungalows and one flat, plus a private access road.

The application has prompted 32 responses from neighbours - and among those opposing the scheme is Eileen White.

“For 30 years I have lived on Rushmere Road and have always known it to be flooded,” said Mrs White,

“It's also a dangerous corner.

Cars parked in Rushmere Road that haven't got garages have to park on the road, so people coming towards the bend have to go on the other side.”

A previous proposal to build the affordable homes was turned down by a government inspector in March last year, having been refused by Waveney District Council.

The inspector said at the time that potential problems with flooding and road safety outweighed the benefit of affordable homes.

In January, 82 people attended a public meeting to discuss the plans and agreed to individually write to the council to oppose the development.

A letter from the parish clerk during the consultation said: “Residents state that they felt harassed by continual applications despite rejections of previous applications, and they feel this is intended to wear down any opposition.”

Paul Pitcher, director of Wellington Construction, said concerns about protecting an oak tree, flooding and access had all been looked into.

“There have been issues with regards to the oak tree. We carried out an arboricultural survey to satisfy any concerns.

“There were also issues with highways, with regard to access, which have now been addressed. We have changed the access to give pedestrians priority, and other bits have been done to alleviate concerns.”

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