Local enquiry in Hadleigh over future of Cox’s Park

Public consultation of plans for Cox's Park in Hadleigh  Pictured: Gavin Talbot who is leading the campaign against the plans. ANL-150206-081414009

Public consultation of plans for Cox's Park in Hadleigh Pictured: Gavin Talbot who is leading the campaign against the plans. ANL-150206-081414009

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Campaigners, councillors and local residents attended a public enquiry this week into plans to build houses on part of a public park.

Babergh District Council wants to build three houses on an area of land behind East House in Hadleigh, known as Cox’s Park.

Formerly used as a community centre, East House has lain empty for years, and the plan is to convert it to housing.

In addition, the council wants to use an area of land behind the house to site three detached houses, which would make the site more attractive to developers, with planning permission for the extra homes.

At the meeting in the Guildhall on Monday, the inspector holding the enquiry on behalf of Suffolk County Council, Alexander Booth, said he was hearing representations on whether the area should be registered as a town or village green.

If, after hearing all the submissions, he reports that he thinks Babergh has a valid case in objecting to the registration, and the county council accept his report, then the objectors’ case will be lost.

But if he feels that the application is a possibility, it could lead to a full public enquiry.

Lawyers representing Babergh attended Monday’s meeting and gave oral evidence during the morning, while objectors had their say in the afternoon.

The inspector will now spend at least four weeks looking at written evidence before he considers his decision.

See this week’s Free Press for the full story.