The Five Villages Preservation Trust

A campaign to stop the 5,000+ houses Watermark Development on Kentford Heath, the proposed Red Lodge New Town of 10,000+ houses and any other major developments in the areas of our member villages

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Richard Olsen, CEO of Orion Land and Leisure said on 20 September 2006 "We seriously under estimated you"

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WE HAVE WON!

We think we can safely say that the threat of Watermark has gone and with it also the potential of any other large scale development in our District for the foreseeable future.

We are keeping the Trust in existence as we shall be following the Local Development Framework closely. We intend to be actively involved with the Council on this and hope that we can continue to count on your support

With very many thanks to all our members and sponsors for your support, financially or otherwise. Your generous assistance enabled us to achieve this excellent result

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Sequence of Events:

  • January 2005 we discovered plans to build a massive new settlement of around 5,000 homes,to include a hotel, business park, leisure centre and rock arena.
  • The Five Villages Preservation Trust was formed and commenced a campaign to prove this was unwanted and unsustainable and would destroy a beautiful part of Suffolk countryside.
  • Our campaign was second to none. We have over 600 members, 14 village members plus sponsors.
  • We submitted our case to the East of England Enquiry in Public Panel on the Regional Spatial Strategy in December 2005.
  • On 22 June 2006 the results were published.

This is what the Panel had to say about Watermark:

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There were development sector arguments for increasing the provision for more growth, notably the Orion proposal for a new settlement of some 4,500-5,000 homes in combination with a major leisure facility in the district, we consider the new settlement proposal poorly related to the sustainable development principles of the strategy both in locational terms and in other ways such as its potentiaol impact on the water environment and reliance on car borne commuting

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These are some of the comments we have received so far:

Following this FHDC issued the following statement:

Forest Heath District Council notes the recommendtions of the East of England Panel Reort.

We welcome this timely progress with the Regional Spatial Strategy. This will greatly assist the council in its consideration of the Local Development framework - the planning blueprint which will operate throughout the district until 2021.

In particular, we are pleased to note that our own proposals for the sustainable growth of the district are supported by the panel's view of the appropriate housing level for Forest Heath of 6,400.

The messages we heard throughout the Local Development Framework process were that the Orion proposal was not wanted, nor sustainable. We are confident that the new planning system is working positively and offers a forum for proposals, debate and fully informed recommendtions.

 

''May we congratulate you and all those who have worked so hard to date with the 5VPT. The outcome is marvellous news and to all those who felt it was useless trying to oppose the powers-that-be have been proved wrong.

The added bonus is that other parties are now aware that every move is being watched and possibly challenged.

We understand you plan to keep up the good work of the Trust which means we can sleep more easily in our beds and continue to enjoy living in this lovely area.

You all deserve every praise for all your dedication and commitment." T&D M, Tuddenham.

Congratulations! thank you all for all your work on behalf of the local communities - we will never know how much time and effort you have had to devote to achieve this outcome. Not only have you foiled Orion, but made Forest Heath recongnise that it must consult and alter its behaviour. I'm sure all in Worlington will have a happier summer knowing the outcome of this enquiry. We will ensure that the whole community is aware with an article in next months Pump" EC, Worlington

''What good news - I am really delighted and pleased for you all.'' Terry Waite, OBE

''Congratulations to the 5VPT Committee on the results and thanks for all your hard work. The future looks much brighter now'', Tuddenham Parish Council .......more

 

 

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David Taylor, Taylor Farms, Watermark, Orion Land and Leisure,