Framlingham to get housing boost as 163-dwelling development gets go ahead on appeal
PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 April 2016
A rural Suffolk market town is to have it's housing numbers boosted by more than 350 in the next three years after a planning inspector allowed a greenfield development on appeal yesterday.
It means that Taylor Wimpey’s 163-home development in Framlingham’s Fairfield Road can now get underway, despite heavy opposition from Suffolk Coastal District Council, Framlingham Residents Association (FRAm) and dozens of local residents.
Between them, the groups claimed that the development would spoil heritage views of the town’s key principle assets - Framlingham Castle, Framlingham College and St Michael’s Church.
FRAm, with support from local residents, also called into question the sustainability of the development, which will now commence at the same time as a 99-home scheme by Hopkins Homes in Station Road, and a 95-home development in Mount Pleasant by Persimmon Homes. An appeal for 100 homes at the same Mount Pleasant site was rejected.
Concluding his statement, inspector John Braithwaite said: “The development would have a neutral effect on the visual amenity of the area. No material harm would be caused to the significance of any heritage asset.
“The development would contribute to redressing the under supply of housing in the area. The scheme is sustainable development and must be approved.”
District councillor Christopher Hudson said: “It is very disappointing. It renders irrelevant local democracy...the planning committee has voiced objections but this has been overwritten by an inspector.
“We are down on doctor provision. I’m very concerned about rural transport provision.
“We are going to double the size of the town potentially and the infrastructure isn’t there.”
Dan Poulter, MP for central Suffolk and north Ipswich, said: “I do not believe there should be more housing without the health, school and other infrastructure. I am disappointed by this decision, but shall continue to fight for better local infrastructure for Framlingham.”
FRAm chairman Christopher Sharpe said: “It’s very disappointing. I don’t regret the fact that we took part, we couldn’t sit back and do nothing.”