New plans for 132 homes in village

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Planning permission is being sought after by a group of landowners in Lakenheath to build more than 130 new homes in the village.

Outline proposals to construct the 132 homes on a 4.62 hectare area of land situated north of Broom Road, and just off Maids Cross Hill and Covey Way, were received by Forest Heath District Council’s (FHDC) planning department at the end of last month.

“This has been in the making for a year and we have now met the validation criteria to submit an outline plan,” said Andrew Ellis, agent looking after the application.

“These plans are not being drawn up by big property developers but members of the village who have had the land in their families for years. These people want to make sure that they can hand something down to their children and grandchildren.”

Earlier this year, FHDC gave the go-ahead to the construction of three separate plans to build more than 250 homes in the village, in sites off Briscoe Way, Rabbit Hill Covert and Eriswell Road.

Despite this application coming on the back of several other ones, Mr Ellis feels confident that it will gain the necessary permission it requires.

“The piece of land that the group are looking to build on is not in your face as you drive in to the village, but out of the way,” said Mr Ellis.

“The designs are not anti-social as none of the plans has paths around the back, which reduces the risk of theft and things like fly-tipping, while all the parking is off-road.

“I can’t see why this won’t go ahead but it is up to the council as to what to happens with it as they are the ones that need to be convinced.”