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Villagers delighted as plans for five new homes in Withersfield rejected by West Suffolk Council




Plans for five new homes have been comprehensively rejected at a council meeting, after more than 98 per cent of residents commenting on them objected.

More than 40 home-owners in Withersfield, a village of less than 500 people, formally objected to proposals to knock down a house and build six new ones in Thurlow Road last June.

A fresh application to build five homes in the same location was submitted in February this year, but at a West Suffolk Council development control committee last week, the plans were rejected by 11 to four.

Some of the Withersfield residents last year near the site of the proposed six new houses in Thurlow Road. Picture: Denis Elavia.
Some of the Withersfield residents last year near the site of the proposed six new houses in Thurlow Road. Picture: Denis Elavia.

The council said plans were refused because the site was ‘wholly’ within the Withersfield conservation area and the courtyard-style layout of the five houses would have ‘departed from the mainly linear form’ of that part of the village, thereby having an ‘urbanising effect and harming its appearance’.

The council also noted how plans would have seen the loss of a ‘significant’ tree on the site.

Prior to the meeting last week, dozens of residents had already shared their objections to the plans – out of 60 comments on the proposal, 59 objected.

One resident said: “This amended planning application has no significant changes to before.”

Another said the developer had not done anything to prevent environmental damage.

After the council's decision, Denis Elavia, another resident, said: “We are, as you can imagine, delighted that the councillors have supported the villagers in our fight against inappropriate development.”

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