Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Babergh to review five year housing supply more regularly in bid to stop speculative development

PUBLISHED: 09:12 12 June 2018

Babergh District Council's cabinet decided the proposals at Endeavour House on Monday Picture: ARCHANT

Babergh District Council's cabinet decided the proposals at Endeavour House on Monday Picture: ARCHANT

Planning bosses in Babergh are set to review its five year housing supply more frequently in a bid to stop speculative developers making quick cash by pushing through unfavourable applications.

Current national planning policy dictates that housing applications should not be rejected where no five-year housing supply can be demonstrated unless the negatives severely outweigh the benefits.

It means that councils are vulnerable to prospective developers who submit applications which may not be suitable but are harder to challenge because a five year supply is not in place.

A joint local plan between Babergh and Mid Suffolk is currently being put together, which will highlight sites suitable for development, as well as infrastructure improvements that will be required such as new schools, health services and road improvements.

Following work by Babergh District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee in assessing the issue, recommendations to review planning applications every six months was approved by the council’s cabinet on Monday.

Five-year housing supply figures will also be published every year.

Nick Ridley, Conservative cabinet member for planning said: “This is a very important issue because we have been challenged from some aspects of our core strategy. It’s a matter of interest to the community and developers.”

Independent cabinet member for organisational delivery, Derek Davis, urged parishes to develop their own local plans which help outline where development is most appropriate and what infrastructure is needed, which must be taken into consideration as part of the planning process.

Margaret Maybury, Conservative cabinet member for communities added: “It really does bother the residents, and they are concerned about the speculative developers that come into the area.

“If we can be seen to be updating our information as much as possible I think that goes some way to alleviating to residents the idea that we are not concerned about it, because we are.”

Housing supply figures from 2017-22 suggests the equivalent homes for 4.1 years has been identified in Babergh through its core strategy or 3.1 years based on the strategic housing market assessment.

Families of children with Down’s syndrome have warned that health professionals’ negativity about the condition are putting parents through unnecessary heartache.

An overturned lorry has closed the A11 in both directions this afternoon according to Highways England.

Pop star Ed Sheeran has donated more than 300 items of memorabilia to raise money for charity, and lucky fans will get an exclusive preview when the collection goes on display at his old school in Framlingham.

A shortlist of finalists has been unveiled for a star-studded awards ceremony designed to recognise the unsung heroes of the community.

A fresh drive to boost attainment in Suffolk schools has been announced by education chiefs – but mystery surrounds what it will involve.

Ghosts, aliens, witches and zombies were just some of the unearthly creatures referenced in calls to Suffolk Constabulary last year, new data reveals.

A serious crash has closed the A12 in both directions between Wangford and Wrentham.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24