A proposed residential development of almost 300 new homes in the Mid Suffolk village of Debenham has drawn objections from residents, who say the development will have an adverse impact on the village and surrounding areas.
The proposal, by property developer Taylor Wimpey, would see up to 295 new homes – including affordable housing – built on 18 hectares of land off Debenham’s Gracechurch Street. The developer argues that the new homes would be close to Debenham’s local services and facilities, with easy transport links to nearby towns such as Stowmarket and Ipswich. The development would also include landscaped areas, and land set aside for both a new primary school and a sporting/recreational facility.
However, the proposed development has sparked serious objections from Debenham’s residents, who claim that the new estate would have a “tremendous impact” on the local community and environment. The Taylor Wimpey development is at odds with the Debenham Parish Council’s own Neighbourhood Plan, which proposes a more modest expansion of between 84 and 167 new homes to be built in Debenham by 2036. The council’s Neighbourhood Plan also specifically ruled out the site on which Taylor Wimpey wants to build.
In a statement, the Parish Council said: “The proposed development will not improve the economic, social and environmental conditions in the area. The adverse impact of granting permission would significantly outweigh the benefits. Such a considerable development would not only have a tremendous impact on the village of Debenham but also all the neighbouring villages.”
Villagers have raised a raft of concerns over the housing development’s size and location, saying it contains no proposals that would mitigate or improve existing concerns over traffic, parking and other local infrastructure concerns, such as the provision of doctor’s surgeries and schools.
The future of the proposed development is at the moment still unclear. Mid Suffolk District Council has, at the time of writing, received at least 130 formal public objections to the planning permission, and the application from Taylor Wimpey didn’t appear on the MSDC planning committee’s agenda for discussion on Wednesday 4th July, as had been expected. However, the development remains a controversial topic in the local area, and over the next few weeks residents can expect to learn whether their objections have been heard.