Developer contests decision to refuse plan to build 170 homes

IMPROVED PLAN NEEDED: Mark Newman by the land earmarked for development in Great Cornard.
IMPROVED PLAN NEEDED: Mark Newman by the land earmarked for development in Great Cornard.

A public inquiry is due to be held into proposals to build a large housing development on land in Great Cornard.

Persimmon Homes had plans to create 170 properties, including 60 affordable homes, on a site east of Carsons Drive refused earlier this year.

Members of Babergh District Council emphatically turned down the application, with chairman Peter Beer claiming the designs resembled a prison block.

Persimmon claims there is nothing wrong with the application and that the designs fitted the brief for the land, which has been allocated for housing in the council’s local plan.

Mark Newman, a Great Cornard parish councillor, said he was not surprised by the appeal, but thought the company would have submitted fresh ideas.

“All the problems that have been mentioned will go through to the inquiry and will be taken on board,” he said.

“I hope it is turned down and Persimmon gives up or comes back with better designs, as there is so much wrong with it.”

Key areas of complaint over the plans included concerns about an increase in traffic on Sheepshead Hill, extra pressure on the village’s infrastructure and the negative impact the development would have on the Grade I listed Abbas Hall.

English Heritage also objected due to the perceived damage the homes would have on the surrounding countryside, which is associated with paintings by Thomas Gainsborough.

“Persimmon should go away and come back with less homes,” added Mr Newman. “

The inquiry will take place at AFC Sudbury on November 12.