Campaign started to stop Kedington housing development

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The anger felt by swathes of Kedington residents over the approval of a planning application for up to 40 more houses in the village has resulted in a petition being raised in protest.

The application to develop on land at the junction of Mill Road and Hall Road received outline planning permission from St Edmundsbury Council on January 8 despite widespread opposition in the community.

Now villager Nick Rutter, of School Road has started a petition calling for the borough council to reverse the decision. As of Tuesday afternoon 342 people had signed it inside five days of its launch.

Mr Rutter said: “The main two issues are the infrastructure. We don’t really feel Kedington is big enough to cope with more houses.

“We’ve already got 65 houses going up at the Rose Brook development at the top end of Mill Road.

“We don’t fully know the impact of how the village is going to cope with 60-odd houses going there and we just don’t feel there’s enough (amenities) in the village.

“Everybody feels its far too much growth too quickly and there’s nothing being put in place to sort out the roads, shops and the school.”

Of particular concerns are the nearness of the development to the school, provoking safety fears, the increase in traffic along the village’s narrow roads and the fact that the school is already oversubscribed.

Mr Rutter added: “We’ve had support from the east side and west side, so it’s the whole village.”

A public meeting was planned last night (Wednesday) at the Barnardiston Arms in the village to help campaigners establish an action plan.

To sign the petition and see more details on the objections to it, go to www.change.org and type Kedington into the search box.