DC/21/01338 | Submission of Details under Reserved Matters following Outline Approval DC/17/04943 Town and Country Planning - Appearance, layout and scale for the erection of 7No dwellings and new vehicular access. | Land South East Of Dragon House Worlingworth Road
Horham and Athelington Parish Council considered this application at an online meeting attended by three members of the public on March 23, 2021.
The Parish Council is opposed to the proposed details for the site for the following reasons:
- When the outline application for the site was submitted in 2017 the Parish Council held a well-attended public meeting in the village and as a result, following further discussion, the Council opposed the application. It was felt that there was no properly measured demand for new housing in the village and that the development would be unsustainable because of the lack of suitable transport links to the nearest facilities in Eye. It was also felt that the specific site lacked effective drainage and would create greater and unnecessary strain on the sewage and drainage facilities in the village.
- While that view is unchanged it is of course recognised that outline permission was granted for seven homes.
- However it has been demonstrated from recent experience with individual new builds in the village that demand for larger homes is extremely weak and it is impossible to support a proposal for six four bedroom detached houses and only one three bedroom bungalow. Like many rural communities the one thing Horham may need is smaller, affordable properties which would make it possible for the next generation to remain in the village; the homes proposed for this site will be completely out of their reach.
- Six four bed and one three bed houses will create a minimum of 14 new daily vehicle movements in and out of the site (probably many more than that) and now that there is no bus service at all in Horham the new residents (including children) will be 100% dependent on private vehicles, creating greater pollution in the village and congestion on the roads. There is no reference in the paperwork to provision of electric vehicle charging points.
- The Parish Council noted that Suffolk CC Flood and Water Engineer has recommended a holding objection to the plans pending further work.
- The Parish Council felt particularly strongly that not only should the mix of house sizes on the site be adjusted, but that a strict limit of seven homes should be set for the site as a condition of final detailed planning permission. The footways and areas of planting and landscape should be retained and protected. The footway in the plan which currently runs along the front of the site cannot simply feed straight on to the Worlingworth Road, which would clearly be a serious safety issue for children.
- There is no reference in the proposals for wildlife protection measures such as built-in bat or bird boxes, hedgehog runs or other facilities which would be environmentally beneficial.
In summary the Parish Council believes the developer needs to amend this proposal in many significant respects before further consideration.