Big development for Woolpit goes ahead despite pleas from Green councillors

1 March 2020

Plans for 300 homes off the A14 in Woolpit have reluctantly been approved amid warnings that it will be a "catastrophe" and "the worst thing that has ever happened" to the village.

Hopkins Homes lodged the controversial plans to develop land off The Street, which included a new roundabout connecting with the A14, and land for a potential new school.

But despite dozens of public objections, and staunch cases being made by the parish council and ward councillors, Mid Suffolk District Council's planning committee was forced to accept there was not sufficient planning grounds to refuse the proposal.

Now warnings have been made that it will change the landscape forever.

Among the issues were the number of affordable homes - only 20% compared to the 33% in the council's policy, the impact on the size of the village and damage to views of the nearby church.

Ward councillor Sarah Mansel said it would "Irreversibly change the character of Woolpit for the worse" while councillor Helen Geake, also ward councillor, said it was "out of all proportion with the existing village," a "catastrophe" and the "worst thing that has ever happened for our village".

Read the full story by Jason Noble on the East Anglian Daily Times website here.

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