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Wortham Parish Council claims homes plan represents “creep” in countryside


A “ribbon development” of homes next to the Diss-Bury Road at Wortham is being resisted by the parish council.

Plans for the 12 homes have been submitted on behalf of Diss-based builder Danny Ward, on land owned by E R Ling and Sons.

The council argues that the homes would be outside the village planning envelope and represent a ribbon development along the main road.

It also said that development on the edge of Palgrave represents a “creep” towards Wortham, and another proposal for 10 homes in Church Road, Wortham, also outside the planning envelope, is a “creep” towards Diss.

“If we are not careful we will destroy the nature of villages like Wortham,” the council argues.

It blames Mid Suffolk District Council for failing to identify a five-year supply of building land which has led to a “presumption in favour of approval” for sites outside planning envelopes.

The parish council then claimed the homes earmarked for affordable housing in the Bury Road scheme are not necessary because of the nearby Orwell social housing, and no need has been shown for large detached houses.

Although it acknowledges it is not strictly a planning issue, the council argues that the pressure on schools, health and roads from the cumulative effect of nearby developments as well the homes proposed for Wortham, must be taken into account.

If the plan is approved, the council says it should be on condition of building a pavement from the development side of the road towards Mellis Road, a controlled pedestrian crossing and replacing affordable with social or rented housing to give local people the chance of living there.

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