Bungalows get the boot

PLANS to build five bungalows in Glemsford were refused despite a last-minute plea from the applicant.

Maple Developments Limited wanted to build five single-storey homes and garages on land to the rear of Egremont Street.

The proposals were discussed by a development committee at Babergh District Council on Wednesday.

David King, the agent for the housing firm, told members that although residents had raised concerns about the difficulties increased vehicles would create when accessing the site, there were solutions.

“The development does not harm the existing area and reflects the pattern of development in the village,” he said.

“We are disappointed the planning officer has recommended refusal due to the impact on Egremont Street residents, but propose traffic calming measures and acoustic fencing which will decrease the impact on properties and hope this is an acceptable solution.”

Case officer Gareth Durrant said the traffic calming measures, such as speed bumps, could exacerbate problems, with people “speeding up and slowing down” and that fencing was unlikely to make much difference.

Committee chairman Peter Beer said: “The houses look very cramped and tight. I think this is an overdevelopment of the site.”

Councillors voted unanimously to refuse the application.