December 6 2013 Latest news:
Local residents of the Nordalls, Kessingland are angry at plans to build 23 new homes on neighbouring land. Former MP Bob Blizzard is helping the residents with their campaign to stop the development.
By Anthony Carroll
Friday, October 18, 2013
Contentious plans for new homes in Kessingland were thrown out by councillors this week.
Proposals to build 23 properties on greenfield land by The Nordalls were rejected by Waveney District Council’s development control committee – the fifth time an application for the site has been refused.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, members heard there were concerns the new development would place a strain on Kessingland’s infrastructure – including its schools and GPs’ surgery, – and that it could raise resentment in the village, impact on the environment and cause sewage problems.
Councillors were also concerned that the applicant, Orbit Housing Association, and the developer –Lowestoft-based Wellington Construction – had not considered other sites in the village for the homes.
Among those who spoke at the meeting was Michael Sims, of Kessingland Parish Council, which had strongly objected to the plans. He said the homes would have placed “severe strain” on the local infrastructure.
He said: “It (Kessingland) can not take any more development. It will increase resentment in the community.”
The committee heard there had been 230 objections to the homes, which were proposed for people with local links on Waveney housing list.
Ian Graham, who represents Lowestoft’s Harbour Ward, said: “We are not sure this is the right area in Kessingland for this development.”
Graham Elliott, who represents Beccles North, added: “It is the principal of development on the greenfield site I have serious concerns about.”
The meeting also heard from Kessingland man Clifford Young who said the new homes would compound long-standing sewage problems in the village.
Mr Young told the committee: “You will make a big mistake if you open this up and go ahead.”
Concerns were also raised that trees with protection orders on them would have to make way for the homes.
But the meeting heard that here were 124 people on a housing list with links to Kessingland who were living in inadequate or unsuitable housing.
Paul Pitcher, a director of Wellington Construction, said: “This development will provide much needed homes for families.”
The previous bid to develop the site – a plan for 20 homes submitted by Wellington Construction in 2008 – was thrown out amid fears over potential flooding problems.
However, the flooding concerns had been addressed in the latest application, which was recommended for approval by officers.
Committee members gave four reasons for rejecting the latest application:the homes would be an overdevelopment; no other sites had been looked at; there would be an impact on the environment; and it would affect the local infrastructure.