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Representation 3455 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Mr Wilson Dyer

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Cockfield , SS0931 - Land to the south east of Old Hall Lane, Cross Green
Representation: Old Hall Lane is a very narrow lane with no passing bays or footpaths. It is frequented daily by many dog-walkers and ramblers. It has become increasingly dangerous in recent years. Large delivery lorries servicing industrial units at Peppers Hall and huge farm traffic frequently run over gardens in the lane. Further traffic from commercial development of the site is unacceptable and would exacerbate the problem. The site is a wild flower meadow where flora and fauna have become an asset. I strongly object to the SS0931 site being included for potential employment development.
Complies with the duty to Co-operate?Yes

Original submission

I strongly object to this site being included in the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan.

Old Hall Lane already services 14 dwellings, businesses at Peppers Hall and farm land. It is a 'No Through Road' and therefore all journeys are doubled. It is a single very narrow lane. The lane forks around a telegraph pole and a BT junction box before exiting onto the busy A1141 road. The junction has poor visibility to the south east.

There are no pull-in areas in the lane and vehicles wishing to pass use private drives. When oil tankers are delivering or septic tanks are being emptied, the lane is blocked for the duration.

At the corner of our property at No 1, there is a historic ford and a blind 90 degree bend which frequently causes large lorries, car transporters and some farm machinery to be unable to negotiate the bend without running over our garden and have, on occasion, got completely stuck. (Photographic evidence available.) It is particularly busy at certain times when articulated lorries use the lane for deliveries and when harvesting crops from land amounting to around 300 acres. Long lorries have, on occasion, backed onto the All41 main road as they were unable to negotiate the lane.

There are no footpaths in Old Hall Lane. The lane is very popular daily with dog-walkers and ramblers. This presents a safety hazard. Traffic from an employment development would only exacerbate this situation.

The access from Old Hall Lane to the site is by an unadopted farm track.

Even if another exit from this site was ever considered, it would inevitably add extra traffic onto a dangerous section of the A1141 in the middle of Cross Green.

This field has for the last few years been an undisturbed wild flower meadow attracting a grant. In this time, flora and fauna have increased considerably. It enhances the parkland adjacent to it belonging to Peppers Hall.

Houses Nos 1-6 in Old Hall Lane have finger drains from their septic tanks stretching out into the site.

Development on Cross Green will have increased by 16 dwellings (if all of the Hope House site is developed as planned) in recent years which equates to approximately 50% of existing stock which seems ample for a small typical Suffolk hamlet in a Conservation Area. It seems that Cross Green has contributed more than enough houses for many years to come. These developments have added, and will in the future, add more traffic pressure onto a busy portion of the A1141 road right in the middle of the Cross Green settlement. Similarly, industrial units are already established on two sites at Cross Green which is more than adequate for such a small hamlet. Also there is a large lorry park very close by.

Cockfield must be rated as a Hinterland village with its historic Greens surrounded by small hamlets. Cross Green is a conservation area and it does not lend itself to large, in village terms, development which would destroy it's character. The criteria used by Babergh to give Cockfield Core status is flawed and incorrect. With the few facilities we have in the village being nearly two miles away from Cross Green, we should retain our Hinterland status.

Other sites in the village, such as a fringe area of the old air field or some other Greens would offer additional employment development potential with little impact on the immediate areas and a far safer access onto the A1141.

I strongly oppose any further land being included in the Joint Local Plan for this small historic hamlet of Cross Green and, in particular, the site off Old Hall Lane.


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