News From Erwarton
Five New Houses Could Be Built Next To Erwarton Hall
Monday, June 4, 08.00
Five new houses will be built in the grounds next to the c16 Erwarton Hall if plans are approved by Babergh council.
JRH Veenbaas, the owners of the farm next to Erwarton Hall, which is on the outskirts of the village and goes back to the early 1500s, has applied to convert disused farm buildings into large family homes.
The outline application states the L-shaped houses will become one three-bedroomed, and up to four four-bedroomed houses, with car parking spaces for 26 vehicles.
Although Erwarton Hall is a Grade 2* listed c16 building, the outbuildings, on the left hand side of the Gate House and drive leading up to the hall, were built in the 1800s are not graded.
The owners have explored the possibility of converting the barns into holiday lets but this proved to be unviable.
Erwarton Hall was built by Sir Philip Calthorpe in the mid 16th century and renovated by Sir Philip Parker in 1572. His niece Anne Boleyn was a regular visitor and it is claimed she entertained King Henry VIII at the house.
Legend has it just before she was executed Queen Anne wrote that the best days of her life were spent in Erwarton and so her heart was buried in Erwarton.
In 1883 a velvet pouch with dust inside was discovered during renovation work at St Mary’s Church, Erwarton and is now buried below the church organ.
The Admiralty initially leased Erwarton Hall from the Berners family estate for the Commanding Officer and his family at HMS Ganges’ in 1905 until 1962, when it paid £11,000 for the red brick building, which is understood to have a tunnel linking the training establishment and the hall, although both ends were blocked off long ago.
The four-bedroomed hall and land was no longer used by the Royal Navy when Ganges closed in 1976 and is now in private use with the Veenabaases running a nearby stud farm on land near to the hall.
Comments regarding the application DC/18/02062 can be made until the June 21 deadline.
Financial Help During Cold Weather Snap
Monday, February 26, 12.15
Scores of families on the Shotley peninsula will be given an extra £25 a week after the Government triggered their Cold Weather Payment for this area.
The payments, for people on certain benefits come into effect when average temperatures drop, or are forecast to drop, to zero degrees Celsius or below.
With the so-called Beast from the East moving in, South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge today confirmed those payments will be paid, starting from February 23, initially for one week.
People in postcode area IP9 and CO11 are among those that will be paid, with payments made automatically with 14 days.
With Universal Credit being rolled out in this area shortly, others who will get the winter weather payment are those who are on pension credit, income support, income-based job-seekers allowance, and employment and support allowance
The winter weather allowance is different, and separate, to winter fuel allowance.
Nine New Homes Approved
Nine new houses are to be built in Erwarton after full planning permission was granted.
Three bungalows are due to be built in the land adjoining Church Farm, while, there would be a total of six two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes going up on land owned by farmer William Wrinch, next to Boleyn Place.
Objectors to the application insisted the amount of houses would be too many for Erwarton, the road was not suitable and the area overlooked the AONB.
The planning committee, at a meeting in Endeavour House, Ipswich, yesterday, decided the need for new housing, and benefit of these type of smaller houses outweighed any negative impact.
Boundary Review Results Delayed
Monday, February 12 - 06.00
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has delayed the publication of its final recommendations for the Babergh review.
The commission is currently examining the electorate data and forecasts, which underpin all the recommendations and is expected to be able to make a further announcement about the completion of both reviews following its next meeting on 20 February.
The Shotley peninsula currently has three wards, Alton, which covers Tattingstone, Stutton and Brantham with Independent Alastair McCraw and Harriet Steer, a Conservative, the district councillors. David Rose, an Independent, is councillor for Holbrook, Lower Holbrook and Harkstead, while another Independent councillor, Derek Davis covers Shotley, Erwarton, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston, along with Peter Patrick, a Conservative that lives in Polstead.
The new ward boundaries under review would see Shotley, Erwarton and Harkstead become a single member ward, while Bentley would join with Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston but stay a two-member ward, while Holbrook would go in with the current Alton ward.
It was expected that the Boundary Commission review would have been completed now, but issues with Mid--Suffolk figures have set things back. The current administration of both councils want to dissolved Babergh and Mid-Suffolk and became one Heart of Suffolk council, although Conservative leader John Ward had promised a referendum would be held in Babergh, after previous poll resulted in 61 per cent of resident that voted going against the proposal in 2011.
Spare Room For Single Lodgers Call
By Joe Harvey (Tuesday, February 6, 06.00 )
Householders on the Shotley Peninsula are being asked to use their spare bedroom to take in single lodgers.
Solo Housing have linked up with Babergh Distrct Council to try and help singeltons struggling to find suitable accommodation.
The scheme works by matching a suitable single person, referred by the district council or other agencies, with potential landlords on the penisula, that have been vetted by Solo Housing.
Solo Housing will ensure the landlords’ criteria and accommodation suit the scheme, and will also assess potential lodgers’ circumstances and needs.
It could be the landlords are looking for help with bills, or would like the security and company of another person in their home.
The single people tend to be those either homeless, or close to becoming homelss. They may be on low inclomes, or suffering a break up of a relationship.
Solo Housing chief executive Carolyn Howell said: ‘It’s a very simple and successful model, Solo provides practical help and advice to anyone who has a spare room in their house that they would like to rent out.
“At the same time, we will use our assessment criteria to match suitable people to available rooms, providing advice and support to single people who may like to take up a lodging offer.
“The service aims to provide a simple solution for those who would like to rent out a room, perhaps to help them pay their bills, or for companionship, and at the same time provides a housing solution for a single person who may not be able to access other suitable affordable accommodation on their own.”
One of the first landladies to sign up for the Solo Housing Lodging Scheme was a lady called Joan, who lives in the Babergh District.
She said: “As an elderly female, who lives independently, I didn’t want to be alone, especially at night, so taking in a lodger that met with my requirements was very helpful.
“Solo met with the prospective lodger to make sure they were suitable for my circumstances and helped me with the paperwork. It all seemed very thorough.
“I really appreciate the company and social interaction and my current lodger helps with small jobs around the home.”
Derek Davis, Babergh District Councillor for Shotley, Chelmondiston, Erwarton, Woolverstone and Freston, said: "This is a sensible, proven scheme that can have very positive benefts for both parties.
“I know there are probably many people with rooms available. It may be they are being charged the empty bedroom tax or they would just like the company. Either way, once matched it is a win-win.”
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ Homelessness Team took 227 homeless applications in 2016/17.
In addition to this, they prevented homelessness in more than 450 cases and are hoping this scheme will help to settle more people at risk of becoming homeless into permanent accommodation.
If you have a room available, or a single person looking for suitable lodgings, contact 0800 652 0155.
Warning After Deer Collision
By Jenna Outhwaite
A fresh warning has been given to drivers on the peninsula after a man was left shocked when he hit and killed a deer while driving just outside Chelmondiston.
In the early hours of the evening, a deer jumped out from behind a bush at a fast pace into the front of the man’s car.
The motorist, who has not been named, was driving within the speed limit but did not see the deer until it was too late. The accident gave the driver a nasty fright and he was left dazed for a short while, and his car suffered minor damage.
Passer by Hanna Keeble, who is familiar with wildlife handling, stopped and helped move the hind out of the road. Mercifully, the stricken hind (pictured right) died quickly after the collision.
There were no signs of any other deer near the road, which Miss Keeble found odd as usually where there is one, there is a high chance of a more deer following.
“Deer feed on arable land as well as woodland, and they travel regularly at dusk to find the best food,” warned Miss Keeble. “Sometimes a little less speed (from drivers) and a bit more awareness is needed.”
Drivers are being asked to take precautions to minimise the risk of an accident by taking particular care during the early morning and early evening when wildlife is often at its most adventurous.
Long time peninsula residents have noticed the deer population, especially in and around Harkstead and Erwarton, is healthy and ever increasing.
Motorists are warned deer are not the only animals crossing roads, with pheasants, rabbits, badgers and foxes catching out drivers.
Warning signs in affected areas are on display and drivers are urged to drive with caution and within the speed limit.
Hanna Keeble said: “With the increase in housing comes an increase of vehicles on the peninsula roads, so it stands to reason that collisions involving the local wildlife population could also increase.”
Insurance experts estimate that between 40,000 and 75,000 deer are killed in collisions on UK roads every year, causing losses of £11 million in damage to vehicles.
Drivers are advised that hitting a deer, or any other animal, will only be covered by a comprehensive policy but they check it covers damage caused by collision with an animal.
Police In Early Morning Alert
A number of police officers and a dog were called to check out a suspected burglary in Erwarton at around4am after suspicious neighbours raised the alarm.
Police searched a couple of gardens and the roads round houses on the Street but nothing untoward was found.
Phone 999 for emergency calls, or 101 for less urgent incidents.
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