Plans for 100 houses on a Sudbury park have been granted permission by councillors despite concerns from a preservation group.
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s outline application for the homes on People’s Park in Waldingfield Road were approved by Babergh District Council’s planning committee yesterday.
Speaking during the meeting, Adrian Osborne read a statement from his wife Jan on behalf of Sudbury Town Council opposing the plans due to access, drainage and the density of the proposals, while Tony Platt, chairman of the People’s Park Preservation Association, said the land had been used for recreation by Sudbury residents since the 18th century,
“If this is built, there will be nowhere readily accessible for residents in this area, particularly the elderly, to go for walks with or without their dogs and get exercise,” he said.
Mr Platt added that architects had been restricted from providing one large open space area by planning regulations requiring two separate play areas and said there was space near the Springlands estate to accommodate one.
Tim Harbord, the agent for the applicant, said: “The existing access was constructed to accommodate for a proposed hospital on the site which would have brought higher traffic levels.”
He added that there is sufficient capacity in the drainage system to cope with an increase due to the development and that the planning inspector had recommended the site as a good location for planning.
Councillor Peter Holbrook expressed concerns over the ability of emergency services to access the site if cars parked in the roads rather than in the allocated parking bays, while councillor Clive Arthey recommended approval as the plans adhered to the local plan for the area.
Councillors voted nine to four to approve the application, subject to conditions including donations of nearly £110,000 towards education in Sudbury and £21,600 towards libraries.