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Plan for eight houses in Finningham thrown out unanimously

A plan to build eight new homes in a small rural village has been thrown out.

Mid Suffolk District Council development control committee unanimously threw out the plans to build the homes on land south of Westhorpe Road, Finningham, Suffolk.

Developers Burgess Homes Ltd had hoped to build eight dwellings with garages.

Site map for the proposed houses. Image: Mid Suffolk District Council
Site map for the proposed houses. Image: Mid Suffolk District Council

But the council committee heard today that the land hand not been put forward in the Joint Local Plan, which is still to be ratified, and there were fears the village, with a population of 200 homes, could not support another eight homes with its lack of facilities.

Finningham Parish Council chairman, Tony Kilbee, pointed out that the village had no shops, apart from a small farm shop, its local pub, the White Horse, was up for sale, there was no community hall, no schools or medical facilities - for all of which people had to travel outside the village.

He also told the meeting that there worries that extra houses would contribute to a flooding and sewage problem the village has suffered over many years.

A resident from the village, who spoke at the meeting, also felt that the homes, which prompted 13 objections on the planning portal, was in a 'dangerous location' close to a 'blind bend' and on the brow of a hill.

Councillors also felt that the application did not provide enough information about landscaping and how it might impact the nearby Grade II listed Hill House, which emerged as the key reason the application for outline permission, was rejected.

Councillor Rowland Warboys, also of the Green and Liberal Democrat group, said:

We neglect heritage assets at our peril.

Developers agent, Philip Cobbold, felt that the flooding and sewage problems were a 'historic highways' issue with Suffolk County Council.

Mid Suffolk Councillor Andrew Mellen, of the Green and Liberal Democrat group, felt the homes plan for a 'lovely rural village' was a 'last gasp speculative application' by the developer before the Joint Local Plan is accepted, and in which the land has not been earmarked for housing as part of a five-year-land supply for new homes.

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