Talks over plans for 78 homes

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Councillors sitting on Mildenhall Parish Council are to discuss plans to build up to 78 new homes on a site at the edge of the town at tonight’s full council meeting.

Proposals to build the new homes on the plot of land in Worlington Road, which lies in the parish of Barton Mills, were submitted by Trumpington Land Ltd, in December.

Having already been discussed by Mildenhall Parish Council’s planning committee earlier this month, a decision was made to move the matter on to tonight’s agenda such is the impact it could potentially have on the town.

“Although we had a good turn out to the meeting we felt quite clear in our own minds that the members of the rest of the parish council have a view on this,” said Cllr John Barker, chairman of the planning committee.

“The discussion may be over within two seconds but it is important that a decision on this is made by the whole of the council.”

While the planning committee have not made any recommendation Cllr Barker, speaking outside of the meeting, did raise concerns about the impact the plan could have on traffic in the town.

“For as long as I have been involved with the parish council access and egress have always been a concern particularly where roads are concerned,” said Cllr Barker.

“Let’s assume that 78 homes were built that could mean up to a 150 extra cars on the road.”

Already the plans have been objected by both Barton Mills Parish Council and Worlington Parish Council for various reasons including traffic issues and insufficient pedestrian access to the site.

A decision on whether permission on whether the plan will be given the go-ahead will be made by Forest Heath District Council’s planning committee at a later date.