The scale of the housing development onslaught on Suffolk villages is the front page splash for the East Anglian Daily Times today. The intro reads: “Villages in Suffolk are preparing to do battle as the county faces a new homes explosion over the next two decades.”
David Whybrow, Mid Suffolk cabinet member for planning, told the paper:
We realise there are worries among local people, and if applications are approved we ensure there are safeguards to mitigate the impact on the existing communities.
The articles on pages one and four (I can’t find a link for the front page story) of the paper concentrate on the smaller villages which feel under threat.
The paper reports:
In 2015 council officials working under government guidance, said Suffolk needed another 70,000 new homes (up to 400,000 homes) by 2031 to provide for a growth in the county’s population from 743,000 to 830,000.
These figures have now been reassessed by districts and boroughs to come up with a growth figure by 2036. In Suffolk Coastal the authority is looking for space for 10,000 new homes and in Babergh and Mid Suffolk officials are looking to build 18,000. In West Suffolk, St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath could see another 18,000 homes built.
Many of these new homes will be in and around large towns – around Stowmarket, in Sudbury in Mid Suffolk/Babergh and near Ipswich (in and around Martlesham Heath) in Suffolk Coastal.
But many will be in relatively small developments in villages like Redgrave – and many other communities preparing for their own battles over then next two decades.