Stowmarket: Planning inspector upholds Mid Suffolk District Council’s decision to refuse homes application

Mid Suffolk District Council in Needham Market.

Mid Suffolk District Council in Needham Market. - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk council’s decision to refuse a planning application to build 10 new homes in a town centre has been upheld.

ASF Marketing Ltd appealed against the decision which was made by Mid Suffolk District Council earlier in the year.

The application had put forward plans to construct the homes just off Gipping Way in Stowmarket.

Councillors had voted against the plans because of several concerns including vehicle and pedestrian access to the site, which is next to a busy road that links to the A14.

But ASF Marketing Ltd argued existing pedestrian crossings were nearby and that the Highways Agency said the means of entering the site were acceptable.

In her appeal notice, which upheld the council’s original decision, planning inspector, Diane Lewis said the application had not made “adequate provision” to ensure “safe and suitable” access for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Phil Cobbold, planning agent for ASF Marketing Ltd said: “The appellant is considering the inspector’s decision and has not decided what steps to take next. The inspector has raised objections to the access but it does appear that those objections could be overcome.”

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An application for 26 flats on the site had previously been turned down in 2012.