Orwell Housing to “revise” application design after withdrawing Wortham plan

Howards Close residents are against plans to build eight affordable units in their close. ANL-150508-143824009
Howards Close residents are against plans to build eight affordable units in their close. ANL-150508-143824009

Housing association Orwell Housing say they will be revising the design of a planning application “accordingly” after withdrawing plans for eight new homes in Wortham.

Orwell Housing signalled their intention to lodge an application to build new homes on land behind Howards Close earlier this year, and held a consultation event in the Dolphin Inn pub in February.

The proposal, lodged with Mid Suffolk District Council in July, was for eight affordable housing units, including flats. But a group of residents from the close had claimed their living environment would be ‘totally destroyed’ should planning permission be granted for new houses.

In a letter to Terry Drum, a Howards Close resident representing the close, New Business Manager of Orwell Greg Dodds said they would be consulting with the Parish and the community before resubmitting plans.

Mr Drum responded to Orwell by saying they were “very pleased” the application had been withdrawn.

“I am sure that before resubmitting a new application that serious consideration will be taken on our and the other residents of Wortham village strong opposition to the amount and type of properties that were proposed in the old application.”

An extraordinary meeting had been arranged by Wortham and Burgate Parish Council for Tuesday with the homes plan the only item due to be on the agenda.

Wortham and Burgate Parish Council clerk Netty Verkroost said there was intention to host another consultation event and meeting, when the new plans from Orwell are submitted.

“We await to see what the next design is. You cannot please everybody but they are trying to be as helpful as possible,” she said.