Criticised Hadleigh plans given green light

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Despite unanimous opposition from the town council outline planning permission has been granted for 14 new homes to be built on land north of Castle Road and Gallows Hill in Hadleigh

As well as the town council 13 households in Hadleigh had opposed the application on various grounds including harm to existing homes, that the homes were being built on green belt land, that it was being built outside the built-up area boundary and that enough development had already taken place in Hadleigh, with the site allowing further development in the town.

The impact on local services was also mentioned alongside noise pollution from the B1071 due to loss of trees, over-development, poor design and poor access.

It was also suggested that protected brown slow worms had been found.

After the decision Peter Beer, chair of Babergh District Council’s planning committee, said: “This modest sized development of unused land to the north of Hadleigh is good news for the town and for the district.

“While I understand the concerns of some of the residents, this is a small number of houses which will be accessed by the established highway on Gallows Hill and will provide housing for Hadleigh residents without any major impact on roads, infrastructure or arable land.

“These houses will provide funding, via the Community Infrastructure Levy, to support the town council.”