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Proposal for new housing in Withersfield is met with dozens of objections




More than 40 homeowners in a village of less than 500 residents have formally objected to a proposal to knock down a house and build six new ones.

An application for full planning permission to demolish Milton House, in Thurlow Road, in Withersfield, and create the new properties has been submitted to West Suffolk Council by Steve Lansdown.

But several objections have been lodged by villagers and the parish council.

Some of the Withersfield residents near the site for the proposed six new houses in Thurlow Road. Picture by Denis Elavia
Some of the Withersfield residents near the site for the proposed six new houses in Thurlow Road. Picture by Denis Elavia

One of those objecting is Denis Elavia, who lives next door to Milton House and who outlined the main issues concerning the objectors.

He said: “Withersfield is designated as an infill village and sits within a conservation area.

“There are very few amenities, no pavements, no street lights, no shop, no school, no public transport and no real employment.

An HGV using Thurlow Road in Withersfield
An HGV using Thurlow Road in Withersfield

“The road through the village is used as a short cut and suffers from high levels of traffic, especially at peak times, with average speeds well in excess of the limit.

“The site itself is on a bend which has been the scene of numerous accidents (including the one pictured below) and is also deemed to be at high risk from flooding.

Mr Elavia added that the the village residents were, in the main, supportive of a development provided that it is within the guidelines for an infill village; is appropriate in its design; is sympathetic and proportionate to its surroundings; does not detract from the conservation area; provides a pleasant environment for people to live and become part of the community.

This car caught fire after colliding with a parked vehicle in Thurlow Road in February. Picture by Denis Elavia
This car caught fire after colliding with a parked vehicle in Thurlow Road in February. Picture by Denis Elavia

Mr Elavia went on to say: “This application is more suited to an urban environment and there are over 40 strong objections to what is believed to be an over-development of the site.

“Village residents are prepared, should this application be approved in its current form, to seek a Judicial Review.”

The parish council listed 13 objection reasons, including the area’s ‘history offlooding’, of which it said: “Six additional homes and the associated road and parking hard standings could exacerbate this problem significantly.”


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