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Boxford awaits outcome of planning inquiry into rejected proposal for 20 new homes

By Newsdesk Sudbury

Babergh Disitrct Councillor Bryn Hurren. (3917947)
Babergh Disitrct Councillor Bryn Hurren. (3917947)

Boxford residents will learn the outcome of a public inquiry relating to 20 new homes being built on Goodlands Farm, off Daking Avenue, later this year.

Developer Landex launched an appeal against Babergh District Council’s refusal of planning permission for the new homes, with a hearing held in Ipswich last week.

This was for a second phase of new homes to be built at Goodlands.

Residents opposed the plans, with traffic issues along Swan Street cited as one of the main reasons.

The inquiry started on Tuesday and ran until Friday afternoon, and included a site meeting at Goodlands, Daking Avenue and Swan Street, according to Boxford district councillor Bryn Hurren.

Giving details to residents on the village’s Facebook page, Mr Hurren said: “The village was represented by myself and Matt Wooderson and we were also helped by David Lamming, Gill West and John Cox, who made valuable contributions.

“It was a bruising experience but Mathew and myself certainly held our own and got our points across, and those from the village who were present thought we did well.”

Mr Hurren added: “We are up against the national planning policy and a very slick barrister, but we are not without hope of a decision going our way.

“If we lose, please be reassured that we did our very best. The inspector will give his decision sometime in late autumn.”

The inquiry was held at The Best Western Hotel near Ipswich.


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