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Representations on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - SS0047 - Land to the west of Fishponds Way, Haughley
SUPPORT Ms Rosemary Anne Welburn & Mr Robert Gordon Stiff represented by Strutt & Parker LLP (Mr Kenny Durrant)
It is considered necessary to emphasise the sustainability of Haughley, as well as the benefits of this site. Haughley is identified as a 'Core Village' in the emerging Joint Local Plan - has a range of services and facilities. Village benefits from excellent access to larger settlements of Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds. Site is bounded by development to the north and north-east. Site's eastern border is well-screened from the road by a dense hedgerow, reducing potential for adverse visual impacts. Woodland retained. Northern aspect to be retained as open space due to proximity of sewage works, and limiting impact on listed building to the north. 100m away from bus stop.
Considered the site could accommodate up to 60 dwellings.
COMMENT Historic England (Katie Parsons)
Haughley has a Conservation Area and a number of designated heritage assets including Grade I church, and scheduled monument of Haughley Castle, and a number of Grade II listed buildings. Site allocations being considered are relatively large and would constitute a significant extension of the existing settlement.
South part of the settlement is the least sensitive however there is some concern that the development of these sites could encourage coalescence with Dagworth. Presence of scheduled monument indicates the area may have archaeological interest.
COMMENT Historic England (Katie Parsons)
Conservation Area designation in Haughley, Grade I Church of St Mary the Virgin and schedule monument of Haughley Castle and a number of Grade II listed buildings. Sites are relatively large and would constitute a significant extension of the settlement.
Site is adjacent the Conservation Area, on an area currently occupied by a sewage works, there may be opportunities for enhancement which should be considered. South part of the settlement is less sensitive, however some concern that the sites could encourage coalescence with Dagworth. Presence of heritage assets should be considered carefully. Scheduled monument indicates that the area may have archaeological interest.
OBJECT Mr. & Mrs. C. & L. Philpot represented by Lacy Scott & Knight (Mr Chris Philpot)
The area of woodland which sits astride the watercourse is not only floodplain, but an important green gateway into Haughley from Stowmarket. There are no roadside footpaths in that area. There is an area of protected hedge (ES86) on the east side of Fishponds Way, which would make it very difficult to provide access.
Development would start to close the very important gap between Stowmarket and Haughley, as Stowmarket marches slowly further north, and any access onto the land to the east from Fishponds Way is likely to be within the 60mph speed limit, on a hazardous corner.
COMMENT Haughley Parish Council (Alf Hannan)
Site is partially appropriate. Land to the east is inappropriate as it is too close to the sewage works (odour/noise issues). This small site could be allocated for allotments or a new cemetery (current cemetery is at capacity). Site should be divided by a line extending due south from the existing settlement boundary. However, the reduced site is still large extending towards a flood plane; is a long way to walk for services, and encroaches on natural habitats and woodland. Traffic from the site from the A14 would not need to go through the village. Tot Hill should be a 30mph, a new footpath/cycle way could be incorporated linking the village to Tot Hill.
OBJECT Last Tricker Partnership (Mr. Martin Last)
There is no footpath at the southern end of Fishponds Way. Parents are unlikely to walk their children to the primary school, on the other end of the village, they will go by car. Residents of these sites would also be unlikely to walk to the public house, post office or other facilities located at the north western end of Haughley. Site is adjacent to existing sewage treatment works, and small part is is Flood Zones 2 and 3. Development of sites to the south will erode Haughley's individually and bring it closer to Stowmarket.