Residents to meet over plan for homes

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Angry residents in West Row are to hold a meeting tonight to discuss submitting a formal objection to the construction of more than a 100 new homes in the village.

The meeting, which has been organised by residents, is to take place at 7pm at the Judes Ferry pub in the village, to talk about plans submitted by the Waters family in conjunction with Suffolk County Council, and Pigeon Investment Management, to build 131 new homes on land around where the former White Horse pub was located.

Moves were made to hold the meeting after around 60 villagers packed out Mildenhall Parish Council’s planning committee meeting at the town’s Jubilee Centre on Tuesday where the controversial plan was discussed.

“I know that houses are going to have to be built in the village in the future but this plan is massive for a village the size of West Row and is too much 
to absorb in one go,” said 
Becky Morley-Williams, resident.

“West Row is a lovely village and this will wreck it. Everyone in the village 
knows each other and these houses are likely to attract are those who commute to Cambridge to work and don’t want get involved in the community.

“A lot of us have already written letters of objection but the idea of this meeting is to form a community letter and put forward reasons why it shouldn’t be approved.”

Before a decision will be made by Forest Heath District Council as to whether the plans will get the go ahead they will be discussed by Mildenhall Parish Council at their next full meeting on Thursday, January 29.