Wortham resident says lack of public consultation on new homes plan “disturbing”

Howards Close residents are against plans to build eight affordable units in their close. ANL-150508-143746009

Howards Close residents are against plans to build eight affordable units in their close. ANL-150508-143746009

  • New application for eight properties to be submitted “in coming weeks”
  • Resident calls for meeting between Orwell, public, and local councils
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A Wortham resident concerned about a potential housing application in his close says he finds the lack of public consultation “disturbing”.

Orwell Housing signalled their intention to lodge an application to build eight new homes on land behind Howards Close earlier this year. The initial application was withdrawn in August, with New Business Manager at Orwell Greg Dodds informing residents the Parish and the community would be consulted before another proposal would be submitted.

I and other residents have made it quite clear of our objection to all concerning parties who by now must be aware of the strong feelings on this matter

Terry Drum

But Mr Dodds wrote to residents of the close at the end of last month to inform them architects have re-drawn the plans, which he said has the backing of Wortham and Burgate Parish Council.

He said the revised plan is still for eight dwellings, open space behind numbers 5 to 8 on the close is retained, as well as additional parking spaces for existing residents.

Terry Drum, of Howards Close, writing on behalf of concerned residents, said he found it “disturbing” there had been no consultation.

He is calling for an ‘official’ meeting with the residents of Wortham, and representatives of Mid Suffolk District Council, the parish council and Orwell before a planning application is submitted.

His reply read: “You seem to have not taken into consideration any of our objections to the amount of properties proposed to build on the close.

“I and other residents have made it quite clear of our objection to all concerning parties who by now must be aware of the strong feelings on this matter.”

The Diss Express contacted Mr Dodds for a comment but did not receive a response.