Parish council says no to 78 new homes

Mildenhall Parish Council has supported the views of both Barton Mills and Worlington parish councils in objecting to plans to build 78 new homes on a site at the edge of the town.

Following a lengthy discussion at Thursday’s full council meeting, councillors unanimously voted against supporting the plans to construct the new homes on a plot of land close to the old Bridge Farm Diary site.

Both Barton Mills and Worlington parish councils objected the plans, which have been submitted to Forest Heath Distict Council’s planning team, by Trumpington Land Ltd, for various reasons, with many of them concerning potential traffic issues.

“We had a long discussion about the plan as we don’t take major planning issues like this lightly,” said Cllr Brian Sulman, who chaired the discussion, speaking after the meeting.

“The views of Mildenhall Parish Council really supported those objections of Barton Mills and Worlington in that they felt that the site was not necessarily the best one to build the homes on for the reasons they had raised.”

While backing up the concerns highlighted by their neighbouring parish councils. Cllr Sulman also revealed that members of Mildenhall Parish Council a number of issues of their own, including pedestrian access to the site, and xxxx

“There were some issues raised that were not really relevant to the plan but which were general issues, but we did have several of our own concerns,” said Cllr Sulman.

“One of those was the pedestrian access from the site along the Worlington Road into Mildenhall as the footpath along there is very narrow which some people already find difficult to use.”

A spokesman from Bidwells, the agent acting on behalf of the applicant, refused to give any comment at this stage of the process.

The final decision on whether planning permission will be given to the plan will be made by Forest Heath District Council’s planning committee at a later date.