Paul Butler gave a short talk about the proposed development on land west of Beckett Close. He reported that Linden Homes had taken over from Shepherd’s Homes and that the plan has not changed.
He reported that RDC will be considering the preferred option sites in a month or two.Approximately 30 people attended the talk, there was great concern about the access at 3 key areas Station Road onto A170, Beckett Close onto Station Road and the site entrance into the field where they would have to remove footpaths, people would lose their car parking space and it would be very dangerous as children play and ride their bikes in that area.
Paul Butler confirmed that access points ending at the field west and the field south were deliberate to allow further development in the future.
It was suggested that there needs to be double white lines down the middle of Station Road because people park on the side of the road causing congestion.
Parishioners also stated that we have had our fair share of housing and have met our quota, further development would mean another two years of further disruption, construction vehicles and noise and people affected asked about compensation.
Other points raised were that there was no need for further houses in the village, we have currently 14 houses for sale, our schools are full, and the sewerage system is old and failing. It was also stated that another 10 houses are to be built in the future at Ashton Green.
A number of people commented that Beadlam had no development and having houses there would benefit the school with a new access road.
Other questions covered what the benefits to the village would be and that nobody was offering housing suitable for the elderly.