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Concern over plans to build new homes in Fleggburgh

PUBLISHED: 10:57 07 September 2014

Plans have been submitted for 12 homes on farm land in Fleggburgh, which has got residents worried that it could be the start of a much larger development.
Madeleine Carter, Matilda Utting,Olivia Utting,Holly Neeve, Jamie Bancroft and Gracie Bancroft.

Plans have been submitted for 12 homes on farm land in Fleggburgh, which has got residents worried that it could be the start of a much larger development. Madeleine Carter, Matilda Utting,Olivia Utting,Holly Neeve, Jamie Bancroft and Gracie Bancroft.

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Determined residents have united to fight plans to build 12 new homes on a patch of unused land in Fleggburgh.

Plans have been submitted for 12 homes on farm land in Fleggburgh, which has got residents worried that it could be the start of a much larger development.
Gracie and Jamie Bancroft. Plans have been submitted for 12 homes on farm land in Fleggburgh, which has got residents worried that it could be the start of a much larger development. Gracie and Jamie Bancroft.

Families living in Mill Lane say the proposed new properties are being “crammed” onto half a hectare and will leave them feeling overlooked and hemmed in.

They have also raised objections over traffic, the out-of-keeping design of the new homes and fear they could mark the start of a bigger development.

The plans have been put forward by Badger Building, which said three of the homes would be affordable and the development would feature a mix of two and four bed properties.

Darren Neeve has lived on Mill Lane for four years and is among the residents who has objected to the plans.

The 41-year-old dad said: “The site itself is around 1.6 hectares, the planning permission is for 12 houses on half a hectare, they’re not using the full site.

“They’re cramming 12 houses onto a relatively small space.”

“The way they have designed it, it looks fairly obvious to me and others this is the foot in the door, the first stage of what could be 30 or 40 houses,” he added.

Residents have also raised concerns about the facilities in Fleggburgh and how they would cope with the influx of newcomers, and how the development could chip away at the rural way of life they currently enjoy.

Mr Neeve said: “People move to a village for the village life and some of these planning applications are slowly eroding away the village boundaries, and they’re gradually growing and merging into each other.

“It’s a concern.”

But Stephen George, managing director of Lowestoft-based Badger Building, said the development was in no way a first phase for something bigger and was aiming to help the younger generation stay in their home village.

He said: “It’s generally acknowledged there’s a shortage of new homes in the villages. All we’re trying to do is build a small little development, which we think will suit the village.

“As with almost every planning application there are adverse comments from nearby residents, some relevant, some not. We’re currently looking at the issues raised and will respond through the planning process in due course.”

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