Proposed Stoke by Clare housing ‘akin to Stalinist Russia’

Fred Cuthbert in his garden at Stoke by Clare. ANL-140317-142031005
Fred Cuthbert in his garden at Stoke by Clare. ANL-140317-142031005

The appearance of new housing proposed in Stoke by Clare has been slammed for looking like something out of Stalinist Russia.

Havebury Housing has submitted a planning application to St Edmundsbury Council to build four affordable houses in Church Park.

As previously featured in the Echo the land earmarked for the houses has been tended as a garden by 90-year-old Fred Cuthbert since 1951.

He was informed in March by Havebury - which owns it - that it wishes to reclaim it for redevelopment.

Neighbour Nic Jarman is less than impressed, as are a number of other villagers who have formally objected to the plans: “Because of the quality of the houses they are putting up, it’s as if Havebury Housing are building tomorrow’s slums today.

“We understand there’s a need for housing, but why put these disgusting boxes up which would look more akin to Stalinist Russia than in this beautiful Suffolk village.”

Scott Bailey, head of development at Havebury said short time scales of applying for Government grant funding meant public consultation prior to the application’s submission was not possible.

He added: “We will be attending the parish council meeting in June to talk through our proposals for Church Park.

“We will listen to all the comments that are made about our proposals including the design and will work with St Edmundsbury Borough Council throughout the planning process to achieve the best outcome.

“There is a shortage of homes in the area that people can afford, and as a charity Havebury is committed to helping those in housing need.

“Our aim is to find the right balance between this need for new homes, making the best use of the land that we own and the needs of those living in the neighbourhoods”.