Plans have to be judged on merits

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I UNDERSTAND Phil Death’s comments (Free Press, December 15) and agree that sometimes it may appear that councillors have “double standards”, but all planning applications have to be judged on their merits.

When a regular related issue is the nearby residents’ concerns over potential traffic nuisance and congestion - and this problem is often one of the points for making an objection - the Highway authority is often consulted.

But from my experience they are inclined to judge individual situations in isolation of the bigger picture, hence we are all gradually having to accept and live with increasing traffic congestion, and perhaps we should introduce a better description, like “clogging”.

JOHN SAYERS

Babergh District Councillor

Sudbury North Ward

Bures Road

Great Cornard