Approval expected for homes despite ‘character’ worries

Permission to build two new homes in Long Melford is due to be granted despite reservations the development would be out of character with the village.

Proposals to create the two-storey homes, along with a pair of garages with living space above on land behind the grade II listed Chapel House at Little St Mary’s, are to be debated on Monday.

Babergh District Council’s development committee has been recommended to approve the plans, but Long Melford Parish Council disagrees and believes the buildings would have a detrimental impact on the area.

Nearby residents have also raised concerns and have written to the district council with fears about loss of privacy and light. Worries that approval would set a precedent for similar developments have also been highlighted.

Planning permission would be subject to a Section 106 agreement if passed.