Residents voice their concerns

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Residents were given the chance to have their say on a controversial housing development planned for Newmarket’s St John’s Avenue.

Developer Flagship Housing which has tried to build on the site at least twice before has put forward a proposal for 21 new homes, each with two car parking spaces.

Residents’ representative were unhappy at the lack of publicity for the consultation which was held at Ditton Lodge primary school on Thursday.

Former district councillor and resident Peter Cresswell said; “Flagship has already acknowledged that it is a sensitive site. It is obvious that it is unsuitable for affordable housing. The education department has advised that Ditton Lodge School is already full and there is a waiting list. If families moved into a development opposite, they would have to transport their children to schools elsewhere. It is ridiculous.

“There are already genuine concerns by local residents regarding traffic in St Johns Avenue. To build 21 affordable homes on this site, with the prospect of up to 40 additional cars, would make the situation horrendous. A scheme whereby bungalows were built for the elderly would be preferable. A straw poll has revealed that such a scheme would be acceptable to the local community.

Flagship director Adam Broadway, said: “We are proposing to provide quality, affordable housing in an area where this much needed development is sparse. There are currently 155 families who are looking for affordable housing in the area.

“We are now working with nearby residents, the Crockfords Park Residents’ Association, and councils, to bring forward a development which reflects the local need but takes into account the concerns voiced by the community.”