Suffolk Coastal: Planning examination suspended until more details of housing need are provided

AN independent inspector has suspended an examination of a council’s future planning blueprint until he is satisfied it provides confirmation of the district’s overall housing need.

Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Core Strategy of its Local Development Framework (LDF) has been put on hold after inspector Mike Moore called for evidence to justify the consistency of the housing need in relation to national policy, and the implication of mitigation measures in the form of a country park.

A meeting was held at Trinity Park, near Ipswich, to review concerns raised by the inspector in a letter to the district council earlier this month.

The meeting was attended by campaigners opposed to LDF plans for 2,000 homes to be built at Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, and between 1,000 and 1,400 homes in Felixstowe and the Trimley villages.

Responding to Mr Moore’s decision to suspend the examination – to determine if the Core Strategy is sound – protesters questioned the veracity of the council’s conclusions about the housing need.

Janet Elliot, of No Adastral New Town (NANT), said: “If the housing provision has been based on genuine calculations of housing need, the council should be able to provide ‘the workings out’ of the so-called calculation immediately.”

Suffolk Coastal District Council said the inspector was concerned with whether the housing provision targets were “sufficiently high enough” to meet the overall level of housing need across the district in light of the Government’s advice in the recently-published National Planning Policy Framework.

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A spokesman added: “In terms of Adastral Park specifically, we have also been asked to provide further details regarding the provision of green space.”

Campaigners claim the development would ruin the countryside.

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