Plans for homes in Newton rejected

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A planning application for 10 homes to be built in Newton has been rejected by Babergh District Council’s planning committee.

The application for the homes to be built following the demolition of an existing dwelling and outbuilding at Red House Farm in Sudbury Road, was recommended for refusal by case officer Gemma Pannell.

Members agreed with Mrs Pannell’s assessment that the proposal was “not considered to adhere to the development plan and National Planning Policy Framework and therefore could not be considered sustainable development.”

The proposal failed to convince planners that it was well designed and appropriate in size, scale, layout and character to its setting and to the village.

In her report Mrs Pannell added: “The proposal is not well related to the existing pattern of development for that settlement and there are other preferable sites which the local planning authority considers is in a more favourable location, in terms of its relationship to the main part of the village and the services upon which it relies.

There were also concerns over whether the development could adequately deal with surface water drainage as the applicant failed to provide a viable surface water strategy.

If permission had been granted there would have been a single access for the development from the A134.

The site would have included six three-bedroom properties, one four bedroom and a four or five bedroom home.

Newton Parish Council had supported the proposal, subject to conditions, including a footway being built along the A134, a footpath being built to the village green, permanent speed activated signage being installed and a pedestrian crossing being built.

There were five objections from residents including safety concerns for pedestrians on the A134, speeding on the road, the proximity to the village golf club, over development, other sites being preferable and a lack of relationship to the current street scene.

The county highways authority also raised concerns including a lack of visibility splays onto the main road and a need for footpaths.