A New Elmswell School For Elmswell Children or 50 More New homes, What Would You Like?

Will the Elmswell villagers get a choice?

We are aware that the Elmswell Parish Council has been in discussion for many months regarding the possibility of using the Mid Suffolk parcels of land at School Road / Church Road (including the maze) together with the area (much overgrown) adjacent to Old Schools Court which was, formerly, school playing field to house a new primary school with community recreation space and woodland.

The land available is 9 acres, allowing a 420 pupil school with proper grass playing fields, plenty of parking and space for other recreational users. Access would be from Church Road (the maze and its trees to stay) avoiding the clear dangers of access from School Road.

The discussions have included SCC Education Planners, Strategic Planners from Mid Suffolk District Council and other officers and are a continuing process with the next session due after various agencies have met to confirm specific aspects.

However, it would appear that an alternative proposal been passed by MSDC at a cabinet meeting on Monday 7th November 2022 to proceed with 50 new homes instead of a new school and that Wesley Hall in School Road will be hosting a consultation for villagers on Thursday 17th November 2022 between 2.00pm and 7.30pm.

The Parish Council was made aware of the consultation today, Thursday 10th November, allowing just 7days to promote the event to villagers who wish to have their opinions heard.

Whether your view is that Elmswell needs another 50 houses, or whether Elmswell’s future would be better served by provision of village schooling for village children, perhaps interested parties should consider attending and finding out more before registering a view?

4 thoughts on “A New Elmswell School For Elmswell Children or 50 More New homes, What Would You Like?

  1. MSDC seem to have no regard for local councils who represent their inhabitants. They consistently overrule local views and needs.
    It is an absolute disgrace that they have submerged Elmswell with a plethora of new developments covering huge amounts of agricultural green space. This is creating a complete imbalance of population and traffic to the existing infrastructure and facilities let alone the visual impact and safety issues.
    Now we have this short dated underhand proposal to deny residents the opportunity to have a much needed new school in the middle of ongoing discussions and to build yet more houses!
    What has happened to our democracy and competent planning authority.

  2. Surely it’s a no goer…….children need education for their part in the world. You just have to go to Elmswell School at 3.00pm to see what is needed. Cars parked right up to New Road corner , I’m surprised there hasn’t been a serious accident.
    With the amount of houses going up in Elmswell at the moment the school will NOT be able to cater for all the children. So where will they be going. Woolpit, I shouldn’t think so as they have plenty of land being taken up by housing.
    Doctors, being another issue as well as the pharmacy . Both can hardly cope now let alone with the extra housing.

  3. It’s quite clear from the above comments and from speaking to fellow residents of Elmswell that this proposed development of 50 houses by MSDC is crazy. We have already seen too much development in Elmswell, Woolpit and Thurston resulting in huge pressures being placed on facilities such asWoolpit Health Centre, who by their own admission can’t cope with the demands of such a growing population. MSDC will of course hide behind the Governments demands for extra housing but they clearly have little regard for the local people. How many of the decision makers live in Elmswell I wonder? The proposal for a junior school on the land is the obvious choice. If this does not happen picture the plight of a young Mother, who doesn’t have a car and can’t afford the bus fare with a baby in a buggie walking her 6 year old to the new school in Woolpit via the proposed footpath linking our two villages! Very nice for her in the pouring freezing rain in February!! Maybe the decision makers at MSDC will come and take her every day instead!!

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