Design of homes is ‘appropriate’

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The developer behind proposals to build 170 homes in Great Cornard – due to be decided by a public inquiry – says there is nothing wrong with the scheme’s design.

Persimmon Homes has put forward the plans for land to the east of Carsons Drive. The company says it has been working on the application for the site for two years and is determined to see it come to fruition, despite the proposals being rejected by a development committee in the spring.

“We feel the reasons for refusal aren’t justified,” said Martin Davidson, a land director for Persimmon.

“The site is allocated for development in the local plan and the design and layout are appropriate for this location.”

In March Babergh District councillors turned down the plans following concerns about access, the impact on Grade I-listed Abbas Hall and design, which was described as similar to a prison block by councillor Peter Beer.

Mr Davidson said the developer had been led to believe the application would be recommended for approval but this was changed when a new case officer was brought in.

“There are a lot of benefits, the 60 affordable homes, ecological enhancement area and a good diversity and mix of homes,” he said.

“In terms of design, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it is up to the planning inspector to make a judgement.”

Mr Davidson added that if unsuccessful, Persimmon would reassess and draw up fresh ideas. The public inquiry into the plans is due to take place at AFC Sudbury on November 12.