Thursday, 20 November 2014

"We have got to make sure we don't destroy what we've got"

The Framlingham Residents Association is not against development in the town. We are united in our aim for our businesses to thrive, our shops to prosper and our residents to enjoy living in the place that was voted Best Place To Live In Britain by Country Life in 2006 and featured in the 2014 Sunday Times best places to live survey.

When that Sunday Times survey was published, Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Christopher Hudson was quoted in the EADT  “I agree with them." he said "I’d put it in the top 10. It deserves its place and it’s a jewel in the crown of Suffolk. We have got to make sure we don’t destroy what we’ve got.And we totally agree with that sentiment.

Visitors approaching Framlingham from the south on Station Road will pass this vast undeveloped site. The current owners were recently given three years in which to develop the site. There is no sign of work starting on the land and there is currently a For Sale sign on it.

Meanwhile on the other southern entry road, Fairfield Road, there are plans to build a large housing development on this greenfield site. 

Sensible and sympathetic development of the debris strewn site would be beneficial to the town and improve first impressions of Framlingham for those visitors arriving via Station Road. Nothing could better the views of the town across the Fairfield Road site and it would be a tragedy to see it disappear while the other site remains an eyesore.

If you agree with these sentiments there is still time to tell the decision makers. We have prepared a template letter objecting to the greenfield development together with a list of all the relevant planning committee members. Both documents are available to download from   this link. Please use this template to create your own letter and send it to as many NAPC members as possible. The meeting could be as soon as 12th December so please do not delay. 

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