A large housing development for the village of Kedington has been given the go ahead despite vocal opposition from residents and councillors.
A planning application for up to 40 residential units with associated garages and parking spaces was approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s planning committee on January 8.
The development will be on a plot of land at the junction of Hall Road and Mill Road in the village.
The plans were accepted despite claims that it would put undue stress on the village’s infrastructure and change the character of the area.
Councillor Tony Brown, who holds the seat for Haverhill East and Kedington at Suffolk County Council, was dismayed at the decision.
“Basically, it has been pushed through despite objections from residents, the parish council and myself,” he said. “I have said before, it’s over-development.
“There are no jobs there. Facilities are lacking. There are two small shops and not much else.
“It’s a shame really. It’s spoiling the character of the village.
“It’s a 12th century village. This is going to be a huge change. The parish council submitted 28 pages of objections saying why it should be rejected and the committee completely went against what they said.
“All that they said about localism is just a fig leaf to tell you the truth.”
The application was originally considered by the planning committee on December 4, 2014, but the decision was deferred.
Marion Farrant, clerk of Kedington Parish Council, was against the development, suggesting that the scale of the project and its situation within the village were inappropriate.
“It would put quite a bit of strain on the infrastructure,” Mrs Farrant told the Echo. “We’re particularly concerned about the junction because it’s a nightmare at school drop-off and pick-up times anyway.
“There are also concerns over the sewarage system and worries the extra strain could lead to flooding.”
Cllr Brown added: “No one from Kedington or the surrounding community came forward to say they supported the development.
“I’m not against development in the area, but it needs to be right.
“This is over development and it is not in the right place. We can’t support this amount of houses.
“Access to the site is appaling. With the amount of traffic that will be using it, there will be chaos.”