Easton Bavents erosion homes plan comes under fire at meeting in Reydon

PUBLISHED: 10:57 07 September 2012

Smere Corner resident, Ian Johnson is trying to stop the development of new homes being built in an area of outstanding beauty.

Smere Corner resident, Ian Johnson is trying to stop the development of new homes being built in an area of outstanding beauty.

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A scheme to help people whose homes are threatened by coastal erosion has come under fire amid claims that people in Reydon have not had enough input in the project.

Concerns were raised during an extraordinary parish council meeting tonight (Thursday September 6), where people could air their views about a potential housing scheme that could see families in erosion-threatened Easton Bavents moved to nine new properties at Rissmere Lane East, Reydon.

The meeting, held at Reydon Youth Club, heard how people were angered that they were not involved when planning advisors identified one potential site for the homes – despite looking at six possible sites in the village.

Fears were also raised about the encroachment of the development onto Reydon Smere – an area of outstanding natural beauty - and concerns that some home owners at Easton Bavents may use the scheme to sell their properties at a greater profit once built.

However, a panel featuring representatives from Waveney District Council, planning advisor Pellings and Waveney Pathfinder - the organisation behind the scheme - said they would take people’s views into consideration as the project moved forward.

A spokesman for Pathfinder said: “The Pathfinder Board is sensitive to the views of the potential host community and has kept the parish council informed of developments as it has progressed”

Speaking after the meeting, MP for Suffolk Coastal Therese Coffey called on the Waveney Pathfinder board to be “transparent” about the decision to choose Rissmere Lane East. She said: “I would like them to give transparent reasons as to why they have recommended that particular site over others. It would be helpful for the residents of Reydon.”

The Waveney Pathfinder Project sets down a land rights transfer policy allowing people living in Easton Bavents to relocate to safe sites inland and build similar properties under the same planning permission.

The outline planning permission applied for by the district council in Reydon would establish that land can be developed, but further planning consent would be needed before properties could be built.

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