This is a planning application by New Hall Properties (Eastern) for 79 houses on a site north of Old Stowmarket Road and adjacent to Lady's Well. The proposal actually consists of two applications:
Both applications state incorrectly that there are no trees or hedges on land adjacent to the site which may be important to the local landscape, although Lady's Well, which has mature beeches, and other trees, is right next to it. Another misconception is the suggestion that Heath Road is a 'bypass', which tends to imply that the road lies outside the settlement boundary.
- western side (5 acres) - change of use from agriculture to open space. This would be used for a surface water management scheme, and as a wildlife enhancement area. No houses would be built on this side of the site. A footpath through this area would allow access to Lady's Well.
- eastern side (7 acres) - outline application to build 79 homes, with access from Old Stowmarket Road. 80% of these would be market-priced, and only 5 of the houses (6%) would be social rented units.
Some valid points are made: current poor access to Lady's Well, and the detrimental effect of traffic and industrial noise from the road and transport depot; the need to preserve views of the church spire, and the setting of the conservation area.
Unfortunately you cannot comment directly to the developer (New Hall's website has no visible content); but you can send your comments to Mid Suffolk District Council by post or online (use the links above). Please copy comments to: