Capel St Mary residents greet plans for huge 519 house estate with fury as they claim Suffolk village just can't cope
Plans to build a huge new estate have been met with fury by residents who have warned it cannot cope with the massive expansion which risked the village 'losing it character and charm'.
Colchester-based developer Scott Properties have submitted proposals to Babergh District Council for a 519 house build in Capel St Mary's Capel Grove as part of its plans for the 65 acre estate.
Already residents are up in arms about the proposals and have said the new estate would ruin the already growing village, which is near Ipswich, which at the last census had a population of just 2,847.
Abdul Shipon, of neighbouring London Road, has told the Suffolk authority's planning department the proposals should be blocked.
"With the volume of new builds going up the village is losing it character and charm," he said.
And Lous Curtis, of Snowcroft, urged developers to 'find another village to pick on'.
"Everything about this development is wrong. We have had too many homes built in this village. If this goes ahead we will be a town not a village," she said.
"We bought a house here for the village community and this will be lost if more houses are built."
Pam Wyatt, of Pound Lane, said she moved to the village, like so many other families, to bring up her children and when she did it was a 'dream come true'.
"We have already had two large housing developments and this one is a ridiculous size," she said.
Mrs Wyatt urged planners to throw out the application, and warned of the lack of infrastructure in the village. Many shared her concerns, and said the village wouldn't be able to cope with the new estate.
Out of the 17 submissions to the local planning authority from residents, only one supported the build. Mike Clayton, of Days Road, said the new estate would boost the village.
"I support further development in the village as this will make the case for better public transport and cycle links stronger," he said. "It will also support the retail business in the village, and the area chosen will help reduce the noise of the A12 in some existing areas."
As part of the outline plans, which will be considered by district planners in due course, 35 per cent of the homes will be classified as 'affordable'. And there will also be a new early learners centre, public open space, expansion of the playing fields, and new business space.
In the planning statement submitted to the council Emma Gladwin said: "The location of the site adjacent to the existing settlement provides an opportunity to deliver new homes, employment, open spaces and other facilities to the benefit of the existing and future residents.
"An analysis of the existing settlement was undertaken alongside an assessment of the site itself to derive the proposed structure of the development, with the new homes added to the masterplan at a later stage, which confirms that the scale of the proposal is entirely suitable given its context."
The plans have been prepared for applicant John McLarty by Strutt and Parker, whose planning department works with landowners to 'unlock the planning potential of land and buildings' across the country.
It said it 'excelled at providing commercial planning advice with a twist of local political knowledge'.