Residents of a picturesque village in Suffolk are going against the adage of “not in my back yard” by unanimously voting for a new housing development to be built in the desirable area. There is just one important proviso – at least a third of the houses must be affordable homes for young families.
For Lavenham’s many visitors the village looks like a film set, with its hundreds of half-timbered, attractively crooked 15th and 16th Century houses, all lovingly restored.
“It’s stunning,” says one tourist. “Wonderful” and “very charming”, says another.
Over at the village school, parents agree but feel there is something the visitors are missing.
“I think there’s a perception that it’s not a real place; that it’s a bit of a toytown,” says mum Justine Paul. “But it’s not – it’s