Plan for new homes for farmland in Eastwood

New homes could get the green light on Eastwood farmland.

Nine two-bedroom homes have been recommended for approval on undeveloped land near community housing estates in Eastwoodbury Lane.

The application has been submitted to the Development Control Committee for review by councillors, including St Laurence Ward Councilor Daniel Cowan.

Cllr Cowan said: ‘I understand there is a need for accommodation in the borough. St Laurence is an attractive location for new homes. It has easy access to schools and is a nice place to raise a family.

“But I’m worried because it’s farmland. While I always consider every app that comes to development control on its merit, I look forward to reading the full agent report.

“This location has already been researched for a potential school.

“Clearly the land is not being used for its most practical use, but it might be good to see it put to better use for the public with a school, a medical center or even a wildlife sanctuary.”

The board received 11 letters of representation as part of its consultation on the plan.

Objections included loss of farmland, lack of affordable housing, and impact on existing views.

It was also feared that the proposal would set a precedent for other similar developments in the immediate vicinity.

The request will be discussed by advisers on the Development Control Committee on Thursday.

Amalia H. Mercado