Decision looms for People’s Park

A decision on plans for 100 homes on People’s Park in Sudbury will be made on Wednesday.

The outline application from West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will go before Babergh District Council.

Stuart McAdam, planning officer at the council, has recommended the plans for approval subject to certain conditions, including donations of nearly £110,000 towards education in Sudbury and £21,600 towards libraries.

Jan Osborne, who will be speaking at Wednesday’s meeting on behalf of the council, said: “I hope the committee refuses it but it will be difficult as the trust has done a thorough job on putting the application together.

“My hope would be that it goes back to the drawing board and it is reduced to a fewer number of homes.”

Mrs Osborne added that she was concerned approval of the application would restrict the future layout of the houses and lead to traffic problems in Alder Way.

Tony Platt, chairman of the People’s Park Preservation Association, which has objected to the plans, could not be reached for a comment.

The trust is expected to offer the land, estimated to be worth around £2.4million in its current state, to its former owner, the Sudbury Common Lands Charity, if planning permission is granted. Mrs Osborne said this would double its value and price it out of the charity’s reach.

Babergh District Council has received 46 letters objecting to the application.