Plans approved to complete path

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An application that will allow for the completion of the Cornard riverside walk was approved by Babergh District Council yesterday.

The application, which was first submitted in March 2011, will see a foot/cycle path built, as well as a bridge over the existing ditch on land north of Dove House Meadow.

In June 2011, Babergh District Council’s development committee granted planning permission for the application, subject to the completion of a series of attached conditions.

The application approved at yesterday’s planning committee sought to enter into a legal agreement under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act.

Since 2011, the application has been amended several times due to concerns raised by the community.

The plans were changed to achieve a more direct route in Dove House Meadow compared to the original design of the footpath.

The design of the bridge was also amended after safety concerns from residents.

The piece of land will enable the completion of the Cornard riverside walk, which starts at Friars Meadow in Sudbury and currently stops 100 yards short of the Dove House Meadow walk/cycle way.

District councillor Peter Beer, who sits on the planning committee, said residents had raised concerns about the position of the footpath, but the new design addressed this worry.