Setback after court quashes man’s fight against 170 houses

A resident’s fight against plans for 170 houses in Great Cornard suffered a blow on Friday as judges quashed his appeal over the development’s impact on countryside views.

Three judges at London’s Court of Appeal refused Michael Evans, chairman of Cornard Tye Residents’ Association, the right to a judicial review of communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles’ decision that an environmental impact assessment was not needed for the plans.

Mr Evans’ claims that the development would have a detrimental impact on views from Abbas Hall and Great Cornard were backed by Babergh District Council.

He said: “It is a setback but it is not the end of the war. We will now go direct to our Babergh councillors.

“Babergh’s chief planning officer at the time said there is a high probability of a particularly significant enviromental effect. Babergh can’t get away from that.”

Martin Davidson, land director at Persimmon Homes, said: “We believe this brings an end to this challenge.

“There are some outstanding detailed issues of concern to the district council, and we are considering how to respond to these.”