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Acton Parish Council recommends plans for 100 homes in the village be refused

PUBLISHED: 16:57 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:32 27 July 2017

The field off Barrow Hill in Acton which is earmarked for a 100-home development

The field off Barrow Hill in Acton which is earmarked for a 100-home development

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Parish councillors in a west Suffolk village have recommended controversial plans for 100 homes be refused amid infrastructure concerns.

Acton Parish Council says the planning application for a housing development on land south east of Barrow Hill in the village also “threatens to undermine its sense of community and place”.

The plans would see the currently unused agricultural land redeveloped, alongside the demolition of one existing house, Beaulieu on High Street, to create access.

The proposal, from developer Innominate Trust, also includes play space, a scout hut, canoe storage and a community orchard.

The recommended refusal came at a full meeting of the parish council on Monday, July 17, which attracted 56 residents.

Paul Chaplin, Acton Parish Council chairman, said: “My main concern is the traffic in the High Street and how we cope with that.

“There are a number of other housing development applications already in the pipeline which would only add to the volume of traffic passing through the village.

“A major concern is also the impact on a small Victorian cottage, which would be directly opposite the junction of the proposed access road.

“There is no footpath between the cottage and the High Street, and so vehicles’ lights would shine straight into their living room.

“In addition, I don’t think schools would be able to take the number of homes being proposed. There is also currently a significant wait to see a doctor in this area, so I am informed.”

Mr Chaplin added that councillors and residents who attended the meeting were largely dismissive of plans for a scout hut, canoe storage and community orchard.

In a statement, Acton Parish Council raised concerns regarding the current “inadequate” sewerage capacity within the village – which it feels would be unable to cope with the additional load generated by a new housing development.

Issues regarding the capacity of the local electricity supply and internet network to cope with 100 new homes were also raised.

The Innominate Trust claims Acton is in dire need of housing for first time buyers, affordable housing renters and elderly downsizers, and that “there is no viable alternative that provides a more sustainable location”.

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