Extraordinary meeting to be held to discuss plan to build 200 new homes

Plans have been submitted for a piece of land south of Chediston Street, Halesworth. Picture: Nick B

Plans have been submitted for a piece of land south of Chediston Street, Halesworth. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A development which could see up to 200 new homes built in one town is to be discussed at an extraordinary council meeting.

Chediston Street, Halesworth. Picture: Nick Butcher

Chediston Street, Halesworth. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The meeting has been called to allow Halesworth Town Council to meet in full, as it examines an outline application for land south of Chediston Street.

With the application due to expire on November 2, an extraordinary meeting had to be scheduled - as otherwise it would not have been discussed by the town council in full - with its next monthly meeting scheduled for November 6.

Nick Rees, Halesworth Town Council's clerk said: 'While we do have our own planning committee, when an application is on such a large scale that it impacts the whole town, it needs to be discussed by the council in full.

'This particular application would have a significant impact on the town's future population, access and services.'

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Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting, which is due to be held next week.

If approved by Waveney District Council, the application would see up to 200 homes built, along with parking provisions, across a nine hectare site.

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The site would have three access points; one on Chediston Street, one on Roman Way, and a roundabout at the junction where the two roads meet.

The application, submitted by Richard Brown Planning, has already seen a number of objections from nearby residents, with concerns raised about the overall impact the development would have on the town.

Kathy Baxendale, of Chediston Street, raised several concerns about the development, including potential impact on traffic, flooding and hedgehogs.

She said: 'Hedgehogs are an endangered species. We hope those who currently visit us will be safe with more traffic on Chediston Street.'

Katie Douglas, of Wissett Road, said: '200 houses is at least 400 people and possibly many children, so schooling and medical services will be more seriously stretched than they already are.'

Anne Smith, of Harrisons Lane, added: 'The plan shows no provision whatsoever for cycling. A new, safe route into Halesworth, preferably along Chediston Street, should be created.'

The extraordinary meeting is scheduled to take place at Halesworth Day Centre on London Road from 7pm on Monday, October 23.

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