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Plans for 112 new homes off Rookery Drove in Beck Row ‘verging on criminal’




Plans for 112 new homes in a Suffolk village have been met with fierce criticism from nearby residents, one deeming them ‘verging on criminal’.

Developer AAH Planning Consultants submitted plans for the new homes on land south and east of Rookery Drove, Beck Row, to West Suffolk Council in May this year.

In planning documents, the company says the significant social, economic and environmental benefits of the proposed development ‘clearly outweigh’ the limited harms caused by the proposals conflict with the existing out of date Local Plan policies.

Plans have been submitted for new homes on land south and east of Rookery Drove, Beck Row. Picture: Google
Plans have been submitted for new homes on land south and east of Rookery Drove, Beck Row. Picture: Google

They add the proposals comprise ‘sustainable development’ which would not have any adverse repercussions significantly and demonstrably outweighing the ‘significant benefits’ arising from the scheme.

However, a number of residents have shared their concerns over the plans. 15 comments have been received on the application, of which all object.

One resident said: “I implore West Suffolk Council to listen to the views of the Parish Council and the residents of Beck Row, of whom the majority feel unheard and ignored.

“The over development of our small parish is verging on criminal, the basic infrastructure of which is failing to provide for current residents let alone potentially hundreds more as planned.

"The sewerage/drainage system cannot cope, the local school is at capacity with no further scope for expansion, the public transport services are dire with minimal/limited bus services, the doctors surgery based in Mildenhall is overstretched, which I am sure will become exacerbated by the closure of the only other doctors surgery in Mildenhall and I wish any potential residents good luck in finding an NHS dentist.”

Another commented saying there was already a high level of traffic in the area, citing a crash on June 26.

They added: “Why would anyone think it’s acceptable to put more houses on one tiny plot of land.

"I will lay in that field and camp out if needed.

"It’s beyond ridiculous to think our roads can cope let alone our already at breaking point services!

"We’ve no doctors, we’ve no dentists, one tiny primary school and that’s it!"

AAH Planning Consultants were approached for a comment.

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