Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Charsfield: Rejection urged for ‘Akenfield’ housing development appeal

10:15 31 January 2014

Akenfield sign (Photo: Peggy Cole Collection)

Akenfield sign (Photo: Peggy Cole Collection)

Developers are hoping to build nine new homes on the edge of a Suffolk village once used for the on-screen portrayal of a countryside idyll.

shares

The site lies at the corner of a field on opposite sides of Chapel Lane and The Street, in Charsfield, near Woodbridge, which was one of the settings for 1974 film Akenfield, based on the book by Ronald Blythe.

A report by planning officers, set to go before Suffolk Coastal next week, recommends refusal of the application, which will now be determined by the Planning Inspectorate after the district council failed to meet its eight-week target for a decision.

Although the proposal has been taken out of local control, planners will still need to inform the inspector of their intended decision.

The application has received objection from nearby residents and the parish council, mainly regarding its perceived impact on the landscape and character of the area featured in Peter Hall’s film, which was acted out by real-life villagers of the time, including author and MBE recipient Peggy Cole.

An assessment of land availability had ruled out the site for development as ‘not well related to the existing settlement’, but did not discount the potential for housing elsewhere in the village.

The proposal, which was originally submitted on September 20 last year, includes four affordable semi-detached homes and five detached open market homes with garages.

An amended application was made in response to local concerns on December 16 but will not be considered by planners next week because it was submitted just four days before the launch of an appeal against the council’s delayed decision on the original bid.

In October, the parish council voted unanimously to object to the planning application, saying there was “no local support” for the proposed housing, which would be located just outside the defined physical limits of the village.

A further 24 letters or emails of objection were sent to the district council by local residents and a planning consultant on their behalf.

Suffolk Preservation Society and the county council’s highway authority has supported the parish council’s objection.

shares

0 comments

Police enquiries are ongoing

A woman arrested in connection with suspected drug overdoses in Bury St Edmunds, has been bailed.

Former headteacher of the Oakwood School Eric De Smith arrives at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing

Showing no contrition or acceptance of guilt former Stowmarket headteacher Eric De Smith was jailed for seven years for sexually abusing four boys.

The scene earlier when travellers parked up at a supermarket in Woodbridge.

A group of travellers which moved in to a supermarket car park in Woodbridge has left, police have said.

BBC Springwatch presenters Martin Hughes-Games, Chris Packham and  Michaela Strachan launch the new series at Minsmere Nature Reserve.

The BBC’s new Suffolk-based Springwatch series was launched yesterday with an impassioned call from Chris Packham for the popular TV wildlife programme to be a springboard that switches viewers on to the urgent need to reverse nature’s dramatic declines.

Thousands do not use the internet

As more and more vital services move online, figures have revealed more than 15% of Suffolk residents have either never used the internet, or not logged on in the past three months.

Police were alerted on Wednesday

A 30-year-old woman who was reported missing from Sudbury has been found.

Charity heart cushion makers who create them to help cancer patients.

Heart-shaped cushions which are being donated to breast cancer patients are supporting them both physically and emotionally.

Stephen Robson on his Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride

A 12 day bike ride from the bottom of England to the peak of Scotland has raised more than £4,000 for charity.

Speed restrictions on the A12 for resurfacing

Officials at the government’s new Highways England agency are hopeful that the speed limit on the A12 between Ipswich and the Essex border will be lifted by the end of the month.

The old Oakwood School in Stowmarket.

As a former headmaster was yesterday jailed for seven years for sexually abusing four boys, one of his victims spoke out about the legacy of the teacher’s abuse in the 1980s.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages