Downham Market mayor’s concerns on 284 homes plan

GV of Land off Bridle Lane Downham Market ANL-160604-174953009
GV of Land off Bridle Lane Downham Market ANL-160604-174953009

A councillor has raised concerns about a developer’s bid to build 284 homes in Downham.

Mayor John Fox fears that the town’s infrastructure will not be able to cope with an influx of new families unless there is more investment.

Albanwise has submitted an outline application to develop a field off Bridle Lane, which lies between Downham and Wimbotsham.

Public art projects, play areas along with a mixture of affordable and executive homes are planned by the farming and investment company.

Mr Fox said he had concerns about the application.

He said: “The people who will be living there are going to need to use Downham for shopping, doctors and schools.

“As I understand there is no allowance on that site for the community infrastructure levy.

“You know we have a car parking problem and we have full surgeries.

“Where is the financial support going to come from to helps us to develop these facilities to take the residents of 284 dwellings?”

Mr Fox was also concerned that the estate will only have one access point.

He said: “I know the planners can only take each application as it comes. The technology centre is due to submit an application shortly. I think these things need to be looked at together.”

A mixture of one, two, three and four bedroom units are planned in the development, which will have a green network. Residents will be encouraged to use bikes rather than their cars thanks to the bridleways.