Bid to build 175 homes in Stowupland rejected due to size and location
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A developer’s bid to build more than 150 homes in a Suffolk village has been rejected by planners.
Mid Suffolk District Council rejected the outline application made by Gladman Developments to build 175 new homes on the edge of Stowupland at a planning committee meeting. Before the meeting, planning officers had recommended turning down the application.
District councillors voted unanimously to reject the application, citing the size and location of the development and highway and drainage concerns.
They agreed that the proposal gave no guarantee of on-site affordable housing and did not offer adequate provision or financial contributions towards health, education, highways and infrastructure.
At the planning committee meeting, Stowupland Parish Council vice chairman Jerry Voden explained the council’s objections and Jackie Ward spoke on behalf of local residents.
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The ward district councillor, Keith Welham, also urged the committee to refuse the application. Earlier this year, an application by the developer for 190 homes on the site was refused – and this application is the subject of an appeal via a public inquiry due to start in April. Committee members spoke of frustration that there was a second application proposed despite the inquiry.
A working group of residents in the village is continuing to progress with the production of a neighbourhood plan, which will contain the blueprint for the development within the village.
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A spokesman for the working group said: “The first village questionnaire has been analysed and shows that housing growth in the village should be in the form of smaller developments and include affordable housing to meet local needs. A more detailed questionnaire will be issued in the near future and the results will provide the evidence needed to complete the neighbourhood plan.”
After the planning application being turned down, a spokesman for Gladman said it gave “careful consideration” to the sites it chose, and identified “sensible sustainable locations for development in areas where councils cannot meet full housing needs”.
He added: “We appreciate people who live within the immediate vicinity of our housing proposals may have concerns. However, these need to be balanced against the requirement to provide much-needed new homes, to meet the differing needs of an increasing population and address housing affordability.”