Fears about 100 homes in Yapton voiced

THE answer is still no to more homes in Yapton.

Residents and parish councillors gave a clear thumbs-down to plans for 100 homes on land to the south of Ford Land and the east of North End Road.

Villagers voiced their concerns about the planning application submitted by landowner Keith Langmead at a special meeting of Yapton Parish Council’s planning committee on Monday.

Andy Faulkner, chairman of the committee, said: “We do have some good news. The planning appeal which was due to be heard for 250 homes on the same site in September has been withdrawn by Langmeads.

“However my personal view is that this 100 homes would be the thin end of the wedge. My fear is the developer would keep applying for permission on the site until it reached 250 homes.”

During the impassioned meeting, serious concerns about safety at the village’s level crossing were voiced and how this could be made even worse if the homes were built.

Residents said they felt the village’s infrastructure would not be able to cope with the extra people living in the homes and the road network was not up to it either. The parish council voted to object to the application and urged others to do the same.

• The Yapton Neighbourhood Plan Group will have a presence at Saturday’s Yapton and District Cottage Gardeners Society flower show from 2pm. The group will provide an update on their progress prior to a referendum.