Mendham - Withersdale Road

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Support

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 18133

Received: 30/09/2019

Respondent: Miss Juliette Tompkins

Representation:

I am in support of the outlined development boundaries, but also believe there is room for extending these boundaries, taking existing/derelict structures into account, and providing commercial/employment opportunities. There are very few options for younger families who are looking for a large family home in Mendham, so I believe that there is a strong need for future development if the village is to stay alive and attract a younger population.

Full text:

I am in support of the development area outlined above. I grew up in the wonderful village of Mendham and I am currently living in nearby Halesworth (Suffolk Coastal District). Due to get married next year, I am looking to move back to Mendham in the very near future to start a family. There were no small properties available in Mendham when I moved out from my parents' home 2 years ago, so I had no choice but to move further afield to a town.

Unlike many others my age (26), who often move away from quiet villages to towns and cities, I am very much looking to settle in a rural village, and do not aspire to live in a town or city. I enjoy rural life and would like to bring up my future children in the countryside. There are very few options for people in my position who are looking for a large family 'forever home' in Mendham, so I believe that there is a strong need for future development if the village is to stay alive and attract a younger population. There has been little new development in Mendham in the last 25+ years, and I think this should be given more consideration.

I support the current development proposal, and also suggest that this could be extended further, perhaps including land on the opposite side of the road for residential and commercial purposes, including a handful of small derelict buildings in the field just opposite the Grade II* listed building, which is a grass meadow (please see red line in attached image). Regenerating these buildings to serve as commercial units, e.g. supporting businesses in the rural sector, agricultural industries etc, even a village shop or a farm shop (of which the village is lacking), would provide local jobs and give something back to the rural community.

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Comment

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 18142

Received: 30/09/2019

Respondent: Mrs Tracey TOMPKINS

Representation:

Great opportunity to make practical use of existing buildings and adjacent land for the good of the village.
Encourage rural business, keep the younger generation and give them good prospects to make a living and reside in the country.
Too many other properties in the village are holiday lets.
Provide a good link between Mendham and Withersdale.
Development here would not have an adverse affect for anyone.
Only good can come out of permitted sensitive development here.

Full text:

I would like to see the buildings opposite the already 'pinked' area, the known as 'The Chestnuts' , along with the area to the south of the chestnuts with the 2 larger and the 1 smaller farming units, included in the pinked area for development. This land and buildings used to go with the Grade 2 listed building opposite (marked orange) until it was sold off separately a few decades previous. The said buildings currently house cattle.
Villages need to keep ALIVE! This proposed area could potentially become workshop units to be let out - carpenters workshop, allotments, rural farm shop (the village currently has no shop), local rural education centre, the list is endless. Easy access to B1123, provide work for local residents.
This would help combat, 'dead' villages, help with employment in the country, combat loneliness and isolation. Invest in the country.