Wetheringsett residents voice their concerns over planning application for Brockford Road
Residents have voiced their concerns that Wetheringsett will look like a ‘shanty town’ should plans for a dog kennels business be approved.
A planning application has been submitted to use a piece of land at Brockford Road for breeding kennels and the stationing of a caravan.
Villager Gary Cracknell said: “This development will certainly not enhance the local area. It will look like a shanty town as we drive into this beautiful Suffolk village.
“I have grave concerns about the breeding of dogs and the noise this is going to cause. Please put an end to this madness and refuse permission of this and any further development of this land.”
Although the land remains subject to planning permission being approved, there have been reports that hedgerow boundaries have already been removed, creating access from the land directly on to the highway.
Various plots have been sold in recent weeks and caravans have begun moving on to the site ahead of any development work.
Fellow villager Jason Tang said: “Enforcement officer Susan Francis has noted that an infringement is being investigated.
“She confirmed construction of road access routes to the property had been completed prior to planning permission being granted.
“The council should not be rewarding prior infringement behaviour with retrospective consent. This is inequitable and sets a precedent for future infractions by the public.”
A spokesman for Mid Suffolk District Council said: “We are already in conversation with several of the new owners to explain what their options are for development of the land.
“Should any owners attempt development – including using the site for residential purposes – without the appropriate permissions, our planning enforcement team will investigate promptly.”
Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, said: “I have been in touch with Mid Suffolk District Council to urge them to act promptly and robustly.
“Apart from the lack of local infrastructure to support wider development in this area, the land in question is part of a natural flood plain and I have grave concerns about its suitability for residential development.”