'Don't build more homes' planners told

Two hundred residents packed a public meeting to tell planners not to build more homes in a community on the outskirts of Lowestoft. The fiery meeting in Carlton Colville was hosted by the parish council to discuss eight new sites around the village, earmarked for possible development as part of a preliminary consultation by Waveney District Council to find new land for housing.

Two hundred residents packed a public meeting to tell planners not to build more homes in a community on the outskirts of Lowestoft.

The fiery meeting in Carlton Colville was hosted by the parish council to discuss eight new sites around the village, earmarked for possible development as part of a preliminary consultation by Waveney District Council to find new land for housing.

Waveney officers said that of the 5,800 homes they needed to build by 2021 to meet government targets, 3,000 already had permission elsewhere in the district, and suggested sites in the Carlton Colville may not be needed.

But enraged locals said that the town had already seen its fair share of development over recent years and told the planners to look elsewhere.

They also said the infrastructure was already stretched to breaking point and that roads must be built before new homes could be considered.

Gayle Hart, parish council chairman, said: "There is a public safety issue with the roads, which are not fit for purpose. The parish council's duty is to establish what people want so we can formulate the view of the town."

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Hundreds of new homes have been built in Carlton Colville in recent years and the population has trebled to more than 7,000 during in 20 years.

Martin Plane, Waveney District Council's portfolio manager for the built environment, said: "Nothing has been decided in terms of Carlton Colville. We have been tasked by the government to build 3,000 homes and the majority will be in the Lowestoft area. We already know from a number of sites in the Urban Regeneration Company area that that there is potential for the overall provision to be provided around Lake Lothing. It may well mean that there are no sites in Carlton Colville."

Waveney planning officer Sara Nicholls told the meeting that the new Issues and Options phase of the consultation was introduced to gather opinion before councillors decide on preferred options to put forward to an independent inspector.

The eight new sites were suggested by landowners and developers on top of 11 other potential developments in Carlton Colville, which received objec-tions at a public meeting in February.

One proposed new site at Bell Farm, capable of holding 548 homes, was criticised for being the lowest point in the village, and prone to flooding.

Concerns were also raised that the potential building of more than 2,000 houses at Oakes Farm, Wood Lane, would prevent any improvements to the A146 and the Barnby Bends.

However, the proposed extension to the transport museum at Chapel Road was generally supported.

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