Councillors yesterday gave planning permission for a house in a former quarry off Queen’s Close, Sudbury, after the land owner agreed to change the access.
Land owner Chris King upset neighbours in Bridge Terrace after it was claimed site clearance work damaged a 150-year-old bridge and a gas pipe, as well as causing a power cut. Residents also objected to his original plan, – rejected by Babergh’s planning committee in April – using the track under the bridge for access to the house.
But as the Suffolk Free Press went to print yesterday, the planning committee decided on an amended plan for the one-and-a-half storey house with only one vote against.
The new plans show the number of parking spaces doubled to four in an area accessed only from Queen’s Close and one of the planning conditions officers suggested was a barrier to prevent access to East Street.
Other conditions include approval of facing materials and landscaping, plus a structural survey on a footpath along one boundary which neighbours and council officers fear was weakened by clearance work.
The report to the committee added: “Officers would advise members that damage to the bridge allegedly carried out by the applicant is a civil matter and cannot be dealt with through the planning system.”
It also mentions concerns about ground excavation near the footings of 1 Bridge Terrace and requests to the applicants to restore ground levels there.
But the report adds: “Any impacts on the structural integrity of the building at 1 Bridge Terrace arising from the works carried out on the application site would fall to be assessed under the Building Regulations and are not a matter for consideration as part of the planning application assessment.”
Residents were worried about pollution being caused by the house’s chimney being lower than surrounding roofs, but officers say the plans and site levels show it would be level with Bridge Terrace’s roof ridge.