Melford homes plan meeting postponed after High Court ruling on Constable Country site

The Bull Lane junction which councillors and residents argue is unable to take more traffic if a new housing estate is built. Councillors John Watts chair of planning Long Melford PC, John Nunn parish and district councillor and Richard Kemp Parish district and county councillor Picture Mark Westley ANL-160823-225105009
The Bull Lane junction which councillors and residents argue is unable to take more traffic if a new housing estate is built. Councillors John Watts chair of planning Long Melford PC, John Nunn parish and district councillor and Richard Kemp Parish district and county councillor Picture Mark Westley ANL-160823-225105009
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A meeting to decide whether to allow 71 new homes to be built in Long Melford has been postponed after a High Court decision against new homes in Constable Country.

The meeting to take place tomorrow morning at Babergh District Council’s headquarters in Hadleigh would have seen a decision made on a controversial scheme to build on land off Bull Lane.

However, a spokesman for Babergh District Council said: “Following the High Court’s ruling in East Bergholt PC v Babergh DC on Friday, the decision was taken to remove this application from the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting as the ruling represents significant new information concerning the interpretation of our policy CS11 and other related matters.

“We are determined that reports that go before Babergh district Councillors are entirely accurate and this will allow us to review the report and to make any updates necessary in light of the court’s decision.”

Last week residents in East Bergholt won a judicial review to block the building of 10 homes. They claimed the homes would be a blot on the landscape in the village where John Constable lived and worked.

Mr Justice Mitting, at the High Court, ruled in favour of East Bergholt Parish Council’s claim that Babergh Council was wrong to approve the development.