Application for Wortham homes to be submitted next month

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A planning application for eight affordable homes in Wortham could be submitted next month.

Orwell Housing Association held a consultation event at the Dolphin Inn last month, providing details of the plans for Howards Crescent.

Greg Dodds, new business manager at Orwell, said it follows a housing needs survey completed last year.

“I think there was some concern from some of the residents about the treatment plant there which works for drainage,” he said. “That will probably need upgrading.

“Some residents were a little bit concerned about the loss of the amenity space there. But in our plans we do return some of the amenity space and we are providing additional parking for existing and additional residents.

“The housing needs survey showed a need for smaller units for single people or young families who have a local connection within the area. Wortham is a thriving and active village and the parish council are very keen to provide some further affordable housing to ensure younger families can stay in the area.”

Wortham and Burgate Parish Council chairman Stephen Rash added he was supportive of Orwell’s proposal. He added it can be hard to strike a balance between concerns of existing residents and the needs of the wider community.