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Development plans met with opposition but council’s support




Plans for 12 dwellings in a Suffolk village have sparked a wave of objections from residents - but have the backing of the parish council.

The planning application for the proposed development at the land off School Lane in Fressingfield has been met with opposition.

The developer Sprake Developments (East Anglia) Ltd originally intended to build 18 dwellings but reduced the number to seven bungalows and five houses.

Residents have voiced their concerns regarding the impact this development might have on the infrastructure.
Residents have voiced their concerns regarding the impact this development might have on the infrastructure.

Residents have voiced their concerns regarding the impact this development might have on the infrastructure.

John and Dawn Cavilla said: “It is totally inappropriate to introduce more vehicular traffic in a cul-de-sac in the immediate vicinity of a nursery and primary school. We do not need or want more houses.”

Others have raised concerns regarding the trees and wildlife on the site.

One of the proposed 12 dwellings for the land off School Lane in Fressingfield. Picture by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council.
One of the proposed 12 dwellings for the land off School Lane in Fressingfield. Picture by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council.

Roy Manning and Amanda Blake said: “All of the trees will be felled, every shrub and bush will be grubbed out, the wildlife that has made it their home will be gone forever.

“In this current climate of environmental change, do we really have to accept more clearance of areas like this?”

Another resident, Dawn Brown, commented on the potential increase of noise, pollution, disruption and accidents.

She said: “Overall, it appears that this development will not enhance the village but create more issues than it solves.”

Meanwhile, Fressingfield Parish Council is accepting of the proposal but said it is disappointed with the reduced number of affordable housing.

“The application is reasonably unchallengeable because the developer has considered the issues,” said chair Garry Deeks.

“Of course, for many, the greatest worry is that infrastructure becomes detrimental but reducing the number from 18 to 12 will reduce the impact slightly.”

He added: “A village needs to grow gradually and we recognise the need for housing.”

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The application, submitted at the end of July, has so far received 16 objections.



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