NHP Site Assessment



The next step in the development of the Bredfield Neighbourhood Plan is to gain detailed feedback regarding the relative merits of potential building sites identified in the Bredfield NHP survey held in the autumn of 2016.

The sites have been evaluated against the following criteria of Suitability, Availability, Achievability and community following government Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).

A detailed assessment of each site can be found by clicking on the link below.

NHP Site Assessment:

NHP Site Assessment 2nd Tranche:

This is your opportunity to comment further on the proposed sites by completing the comments box below. Please ensure that you make it clear which site your comments refer to by including the site reference number and name. The closing date for comments relating to the 2nd tranche is Friday 28th July.

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  1. By Paul Wigens on September 1, 2017

    Comments on sites 2-2, 2-4, 2-8, B.6 & B.10

    2-2: Woodbridge Road, works known as the Forge

    Vehicular access to this site is poor, due to the proximity of a dangerous bend. However, I would favor re-development here over the other, predominantly greenfield, sites that have been identified.

    2-4: Woodbridge Road, between Perseverance Cottage and Weeping Ash

    My primary concerns are:
    - The development would represent a huge change to the village boundary and would be remote from the village amenities, with no pedestrian access. It is almost a mile from Perseverance Cottage to the Village Hall and Shop.
    - Impact of additional traffic within the village and on access to the A12. Numerous accidents have occurred over the 25 years I’ve lived here and we have a very dangerous mix of heavy lorries, speeding cars and pedestrians on roads with sharp, blind bends and no pavement. This site is on one of the least appropriate stretches of road.
    - The development would radically change the view from the existing properties at the southern end of the village, which currently have a rural aspect.

    2-8: Woodbridge Road, opposite Alma Cottage

    My primary concerns are:
    - Impact of additional traffic within the village and on access to the A12. Numerous accidents have occurred over the 25 years I’ve lived here and we have a very dangerous mix of heavy lorries, speeding cars and pedestrians on roads with sharp, blind bends and no pavement.
    - Visual impact and views. The development would block the rural views of the existing properties along this stretch of the road. Currently this attractive row of cottages helps define the character of the village. They enjoy uninterrupted views across open countryside and the listed building at Blue Barn Farm, which would be lost if the site was developed.

    B.6 Address/Location: Woodbridge Road, opposite the Forge

    This is a small site close to a dangerous blind bend on a road that carries heavy Lorries, farm vehicles, busses and cars. Access to the road would create a dangerous junction and there is no footpath. It is not appropriate to develop housing here.

    B.10 Address/Location: Woodbridge Road, opposite Glebe Road

    My primary concerns are:
    - Visual and environmental impact on what is a long, undeveloped stretch of land that is a valued feature of the village and supports a wide range of wildlife, including protected amphibians and Barn Owls. The recent planning application determined that splayed sight lines of 80m length would be required to give safe access onto the road, which would result in the removal of most of the existing hedge.
    - Impact of additional traffic within the village and on access to the A12. Numerous accidents have occurred over the 25 years I’ve lived here and we have a very dangerous mix of heavy lorries, speeding cars and pedestrians on roads with sharp, blind bends and no pavement.

    Paul Wigens
    Blue Barn Farm

  2. By Clive Coles on August 17, 2017

    Re: Land between Perseverance Cottage corner and Weeping Ash corner.

    I believe a ribbon development along the field boundary with cars exiting directly onto the C309 to be totally unacceptable and dangerous. ( I made similar observations in regard to the assessment regarding the land opposite Alma Cottage )

    This section of the Woodbridge Road contains a number of blind right angled bends. The C309 is part of the designated Heavy lorry network and carries a high volume of other traffic of all shapes and sizes. The C309 feeds not only Bredfield but also the villages beyond ~ it is a "rat run". Vehicles travel at speed between the bends . The 30 MPG speed restriction sign is placed just before the Weeping Ash bend. Vehicles break on reaching this sign and the approaching bend.

    This particular bend attracts accidents caused by excess speed along the straight. Vehicles go out of control on rounding this bend when approaching the bend from either direction .

    In recent years the perimeter wall at Weeping Ash has been hit and reconstructed on numerous occasions;

    Cars on the drive at Amberley have been hit and shunted ( one car was a write off).

    The BPC grit bin outside Alma Cottage has been hit twice and overturned . The fencing was trashed. On the second occasion the casing of the bin was split and the bin had to be replaced.

    The fencing outside Alma Cottage has been hit 3 times and fencing panels have had to be replaced.

    The fence panels between Alma Cottage and Lavender Cottage have been hit when a car spun and careered across the Alma Cottage drive

    Two domestic cats have been hit and killed on this bend.

    None of these accidents caused a loss of human life ~ they will not therefore feature in SCC or any other authorities statistics. Someone needs to be killed before this happens. But speed along this narrow road between the blind bends is a potential killer ~ a disaster waiting to happen. Pedestrians visiting the post box do so with some trepidation ~ there are no pavements between the old Forge and Perseverance Cottage.

    It therefore beggars belief that the District Council has suggested that further ribbon development along the C309 , outside the village envelope , might be considered as potential development sites.

    Each property is likely to be developed with parking provision for two cars. It is unlikely that the plots would be wide enough for cars to be turned within the front garden. So cars will be reversing either into or out from these new houses at risk of collision with approaching traffic.

    The Parish Plan (2006) made it very clear that villagers did not want to consider creeping developments outside the current village envelope. This view must be upheld,

    Once before ( some 20 years ago ) the fields between Perseverance Cottage and Weeping Ash became under threat of development when the landowner and the owners of the Clopton Industrial site on the old Debach Airfield concocted a plan to drive a new road across these fields and construct houses along the line of the new road . This road would have reduced the traffic problems along the C309, as it would have by-passed the blind bends.

    But at a public meeting where the village hall was filled to capacity, Bredfield villagers made their views very clear. They were opposed to development on the fields which surround our village. That view has prevailed until current times. It needs to be upheld.

  3. By Diane Mitchell on August 16, 2017

    I am emailing you to express our concerns regarding the above.

    In 2016, as newcomers to the village, we completed the Individual Questionnaire as best we could, and were unaware at that time of any proposed planning applications for the sites opposite us.

    Whilst I was prompted to search on line in the spring of this year, following a mention to the link in an earlier edition of the parish magazine, it appeared then that the proposed sites were deemed not for inclusion, and therefore I did not feel the need to comment.

    However we understand that discussions are still underway, and have concerns should the sites opposite the Forge be developed.

    Although we believe that the provisional plans refer to five units per site, it is not inconceivable that this could escalate once planning permission be granted.

    Since our move here we had no idea just how busy the Woodbridge road is with heavy lorries, commercial and residential traffic. Despite being a 30 mph restricted zone, this is constantly exceeded. The latter, together with the sheer amount of traffic, already makes it very difficult and dangerous for us to pull out onto this road.

    Our concerns are that the additional traffic created by the development of the sites for residential properties can only exacerbate the situation.

    We are not sure whether, if these fields are developed, there are any plans for access to the units from the A12. If so, this would only aggravate the problem of joining the A12, as we find that too is already potentially unsafe given the the current levels of traffic.

    Whilst we really appreciate the need for more housing, and not wishing to be NIMBY contenders, we would like to feel that our concerns over these safety issues are being taken into consideration.

    Thank you.

    Diane Mitchell
    Hedgerow Cottage
    Woodbridge Road
    IP13 6AG

  4. By Clive Coles on August 13, 2017

    These comments relate to the land opposite Alma Cottage on the Woodbridge Road. (2,8)

    I would first mention that the land is not opposite the Forge (there is another assessment for that site). The land is opposite residential property~ it is not opposite existing light business. Can this be corrected please ?

    Any development on that farm land will have major impact on rural aspect of the approach to the village. Can this be recorded please ? I am disappointed and surprised that the approach to the village is not a designated Protected View. In my view it should be,

    You fail to record that the access points direct onto the Woodbridge Road between two right angled blind bends is poor, and potentially very dangerous. An oversight ? This comment is however recorded on the assessment for land opposite the Forge ~ the assessments lack consistency ~ the hazards are comparable.

    Woodbridge Road at that point carries a high volume of traffic as it feeds both Bredfield and villages beyond. And it forms part of the designated heavy lorry route. No mention of this is recorded in the assessment.

    Any development that increases traffic flow from Bredfield will increase the problems of exiting from the C309 onto the A12. Again no mention of this problem in any of the assessments. This matter needs to be addressed.

    Finally on a more general point I am concerned that any land outside the existing village envelope is being considered for development. This surely is contrary to the vision of the previous Parish plan. (2006) refer: http://www.bredfield.org.uk/material/PCouncil/Report.pdf

  5. By Jerry and Sue Walker on July 28, 2017

    We have been living on Potash corner for 17 years now and have seen many accidents and very near misses on the sharp bend due to the volume and the excessive speed of the traffic. We find it very difficult to exit our drive safely. Housing between ours and weeping ash would have a huge problem entering and exiting the properties with the narrow road and not being able to see what's coming round the bend, it would be extremely dangerous. Also I would like to point out that although it is not thought to be a flood risk, we have in fact been flooded many times.

  6. By Julie Crabb on July 23, 2017

    B5: Caters Road, west of Maytree Cottage

    Caters Road is a very quiet single track lane of local socio-historic interest and biodiversity which I would be concerned to see disturbed by a new development.
    There is no room for footpaths, there is happily no current light pollution and without damaging alteration to the environment, would not in my view be a suitable site for an economically viable development.

  7. By Stewart Belfield on April 14, 2017

    B4 The Street

    I have grave concerns regarding housing development on this site. In addition to the issues already raised, the problem of the width of The Street in this section and the number of access point existing already, make further development extremely dangerous.

    Sight lines for access to the road are very poor here and new development will inevitable lead to further problems. Despite any arrangements for off-road parking, it is inevitable that delivery vehicles (of which there will be an increasing number), visitors and utility vehicles will further clog the road and cause problems for all passing traffic (including buses, DJ Spall's trucks, utility vehicles, etc). A serious road accident is inevitable!

    Further, I think that there is little or no scope for any minor widening of the road for this short section (not least because of the presence of gas pipes on the northern edge of the road).

    As the father of a 7 year old child, I feel extremely concerned about his welfare if such a potentially hazardous development should take place.

    Stewart Belfield

  8. By John & DianeTodd on April 14, 2017

    Tudor Cottage is a Grade II listed building and is widely accepted to be the prettiest and one of the oldest houses in the village. It has stood here undisturbed for over 400 years in its tranquil rural setting with its rear curtilage containing a huge diversity of birds, animals and wild flowers. What right have we to damage this environment with noise and visual pollution so that the villagers lose the rural setting and views that they so love? This environment should be preserved for future generations to enjoy, as we have done.
    This is the reason that planning permission has already been refused. The planning laws are there to protect our treasured heritage.

  9. By Christine Johnson on April 4, 2017

    B10, WOODBRIDGE ROAD OPPOSITE GLEBE ROAD - I am concerned about the potential number of vehicles (occupants and visitors) associated with developing this site. Likely vehicular access to new housing would be from the road as it bends right (heading north) – the sightline of which impacts already on the visibility for cars pulling out of Pump Close and Glebe Road. This portion of Woodbridge Road already has a significant amount of heavy traffic and is a busy through route to the bulk of the village and beyond.
    Parking is already an issue in the proximity of the site with verges being used and unsafe parking within Pump Close near its junction with Woodbridge Road. There are also two bus stops on either side of the road near this point.

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