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Planning - We Don't Always Say Yes

March 4, 2020 1:45 PM
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    Dave Busby Liberal Democrat Councillor for Copdock and Washbrook is often asked why it seems planning applications are invariably agreed. To give an insight into how the process works Dave has put together the summary below which illustrates why one recent application was rejected

The Babergh Planning Committee recently decided upon an application for 45 houses in Bentley. What were the factors that made them refuse the application in line with the officer's recommendation? We all know that we have to build more houses but the burden is falling disproportionally on those villages surrounding Ipswich. Wolsey Grange about 1100, Capel St Mary 750, Copdock 250, East Bergholt 250 and Bentley about 50. All with no promise of any improvement in road infrastructure and cuts in bus services.

This application had many things counting against it as outlined in the officers report:


So in summary there was very little to support reversing the officer's decision and the committee duly refused the application