Answers sought over council conduct at homes inquiry

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Long Melford Parish Council has demanded answers from the district authority following claims it acted inappropriately in regard to plans for a housing development.

The closeness of Babergh District Council’s relationship with David Wilson Homes has been called into question by residents, who believe the council was doing its upmost to ensure highly-disputed proposals to build 51 homes on the former Fleetwood Caravans site went ahead.

Parish council chairman Peter Turner said members had decided to write to the authority.

“We had a very constructive discussion and the parish council resolved to write to Babergh conveying concern about its conduct at the planning hearing,” he said.

“There is a strong feeling of unease about events at the hearing.”

The district council is alleged to have removed one of the main reasons for refusing the application – namely concerns the layout of the development was unsuitable for the site near Hall Street – after deliberating with the developer.

An inquiry, the results of which are still unknown, was held in February after the proposals were initially rejected.

The district council has said it is carrying out an internal investigation into “a number of totally unsubstantiated but serious allegations” made against some members of its staff.