Inquiry into plan for 170 new homes could take two weeks

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An inquiry into plans to build 170 homes in Great Cornard has begun.

Proposals for the houses on land east of Carsons Drive are being scrutinised following an appeal by the developer, Persimmon Homes.

An application to build on the site was rejected earlier this year and a planning inspector has been appointed to rule on the development.

John Sayers, parish and county councillor for Great Cornard, said he did not expect a decision to be made quickly.

“I think it will be very protracted as there are a lot of issues to consider,” he said.

“It is a very awkward site, particularly in terms of traffic on Sheepshead Hill. That is already a rat-run and is pretty hazardous.”

Objectors to the proposals claim the extra homes would put too much pressure on the village’s infrastructure, with schools and doctors unable to cope, while damaging the countryside.

“The landscape issue is a big one as this is Constable country and who wants it to be blighted by homes?,” said Mr Sayers.

“I would not be too pleased about it.”

Persimmon claims there is nothing wrong with the plans, with the site already allocated for housing.

A spokesman for Babergh District Council said the inquiry could continue for up to two weeks.

“It will go on for some time while everything is considered,” he said.