Stradbroke Parish Council votes in favour of 54-homes plan

A proposal for 54 homes in Stradbroke has won the approval of the village's parish council ANL-150415-113002001

A proposal for 54 homes in Stradbroke has won the approval of the village's parish council ANL-150415-113002001

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Stradbroke Parish Council has supported plans for 54 new homes in the village.

The plans, developed by Durrants on behalf of the land owners, propose homes ranging from one to four bedroom family houses, including the conversion of two barns, on agricultural land at Grove Farm, off Queen Street.

It would feature a mix of ‘local needs’, affordable and market housing, while a pedestrian crossing on Queen Street is proposed as part of the plans.

The parish council voted 6-5 in favour, with one abstention.

Chairman Nick Stones told the Diss Express: “The village has got to expand. We have got a number of shops, pubs and things that need local people to use them so they can survive and probably the main thing is to try and retain young people in the village.”

Mr Stones said traffic and the size of the development would not be without its impacts, but said it was a case of weighing up the benefits against the disadvantages.

Mr Stones said he felt public opinion was split 50/50 on the proposal.

A recent housing survey on the village suggested 12 homes should be considered by the parish.

Oliver Last, vice chairman of Stradbroke Parish Council and chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee who voted against the plan, said: “I felt, although it was a good quality proposal, in my view, based on what I hear via the Neighbourhood Plan, it’s too big for the village and I didn’t like the pedestrian crossing which will make the village look a bit urban.

“I would have liked to have seen a smaller development on that site in line with what had been previously proposed to the council in discussions that date back a number of years, and wait for the Neighbourhood Plan to be in place, to getter a better deal for the village via the new Community Infrastructure Levy.”