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Residents fight to prevent 'over-development' of their village

PUBLISHED: 16:53 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 16 January 2018

Pictured is the entrance to the Crown Chicken site in Weybread. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Pictured is the entrance to the Crown Chicken site in Weybread. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

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Residents worried about the future of their village are rallying around to limit a bid for a 100-home development, which they claim is of unprecedented scale for a village of its size.

Weybread Community Action Group is fighting to limit a housing application for 110 new houses, which would also include turning the village’s former Crown Pub into a community building.

Previously, the group led by Sally Mittuch and her husband Scott Vincent fought to save the pub from demolition.

And now, they are calling on the support of their community again to save their village from what they believe to be over-development.

The proposed development for land off The Street, is currently home to a Crown Chicken Poultry production site.

As part of its planning application, the company said: “The application has a number of economic, social and environmental benefits to constitute sustainable development.

“Whilst there is some harm as a result of the incursion of the site into the countryside, this is not sufficient to significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme.”

But, if approved plans could see the brownfield site turned into 110 new homes when the factory relocates to a new site in Eye, with the conversion of the adjacent former pub into a community, retail or cafe space.

Ms Mittuch, who lives in The Street, near to where the new development will go, said the village will not be able cope the influx of new residents the development would bring.

She said: “We accept that there will be houses built on the brownfield site but we want them to be decent houses, people to be happy here and have views of the country, because that is part of the county life.

“If there are 30 houses and it works for the village, then build 30 more - but it should be done over the years in an organic way.”

Graham Gibb, chairman of Weybread Parish Council, said: “We think that housing would be beneficial to the parish and we think housing is better than an ever expanding chicken factory - but the level of housing being proposed is far too high.”

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