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Planners set to approve controversial proposals to build new housing estate just outside Ipswich




District planners will be advised to give the go-ahead for a controversial housing estate just outside Ipswich despite bitter opposition from village residents.

On Wednesday Babergh District Council's planning committee will be advised to approve plans to build 92 houses in Sproughton by case officer Jo Hobbs, with the 26 acre site just off Burstall Lane also set to become home to 13 self-build houses if the proposals are voted through.

But the recommendation is in the face of the more than 300 people who have urged the district authority to throw out the plans.

Babergh District Council's planning committee will be advised to approve plans to build 92 houses in Sproughton, in land just off Burstall Lane. Picture: Microsoft
Babergh District Council's planning committee will be advised to approve plans to build 92 houses in Sproughton, in land just off Burstall Lane. Picture: Microsoft

Villagers have highlighted issues with Pigeon Land Ltd's proposals ranging from the fear of increased crime and concerns the existing road network would be unable to cope, to worries about the design and that levels of development in the village was already too high.

Sproughton Parish Council has told the district it objected to the build, and said it had concerns about coalescence with Bramford, the urbanisation and absorption of the village into Ipswich, the lack of services nearby, and that it was outside the settlement boundary.

And Burstall Parish Council has also come out against the plans. It has told district planners it would damage the character of the village, conflict with planning policy, and put strain on the sewerage system.

Ms Hobbs is expected to tell the council's planning committee next week the hybrid application should be approved because, even though it is outside the main part of Sproughton, it is considered to be a 'sustainable' location and would not be isolated.

She will tell the committee that the development has a number of positives, including land for employment and community uses, the building of new homes, and road improvements.

The scheme, if built, would also extend the allotments, provide new open space, see a new car park built in the village, and have at least 35 per cent 'affordable' housing.

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