Fears over Foot and Mouth Disease may put the brakes on 78-home Carlton Colville development
PUBLISHED: 17:07 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:39 09 November 2017
Concerns have been raised over plans for 78 new homes in a Lowestoft suburb - as they may be built on the burial ground of diseased cows.
Plans have been submitted to Waveney District Council for a development of homes on a site on Church Lane in Carlton Colville, on land previously used for agricultural purposes.
However, these plans have been met with a number of objections, including one based on the possibility that excavating the site could prompt an outbreak of a deadly bovine disease.
Carlton Colville Town Council has raised concerns that more than 70 cows could be buried beneath the site, having been slaughtered following an epidemic of Foot and Mouth Disease in the region between 1937 and 1940.
If this is the case, it is thought excavating the site and exposing the carcasses to the elements could bring on a fresh outbreak of the disease.
Alison Ayers, clerk of the town council, said: “The outbreaks were brought to our attention through issues of the Carlton Colville Chronicles written by the vicar at the time.
“We know there were outbreaks from these, but we don’t know exactly where the carcasses were buried, however ventilation pipes on this land suggest there is a good chance it was there.”
The chronicles state that three separate outbreaks of the disease were reported, on November 25, 1937, December 23rd, 1938 and January 19, 1940.
She added: “We feel before any decision can be made there needs to be a great deal more investigation into whether the cattle were buried on the site.
“For this reason, we have recommended to the district council that it refuse the application, as we feel very strongly that this issue should be given consideration.”
Submitted by Badger Building, if successful the development would see 78 new homes, including almost 30 affordable houses, erected on the 3.5 hectare site, bordered by Chapel Road and Church Lane, along with open spaces and access points.
Further objections have been expressed by residents regarding the development, with the concerns over the impact such a large development would have on traffic and hedgehogs in the area.
The application will be discussed by the district council’s planning committee on Wednesday, November 15.