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Controversial plans to convert Glemsford farm into wedding and events venue revived

Glemsford village sign. (3847974)
Glemsford village sign. (3847974)

Controversial plans to redevelop an agricultural site in Glemsford into a wedding, functions and events venue have resurfaced, just two months after the initial proposal was rejected.

Babergh District Council refused permission on a significant conversion of New Street Farm in June, amid heavy opposition, with the planning committee citing a lack of evidence that noise from the venue would be sufficiently mitigated.

But earlier this month, the site owners submitted a fresh application, claiming this reason for refusal has now been addressed with a detailed noise attenuation and mitigation report.

The new application retains most elements of the prior proposal, with plans for converting and extending the existing barn, rebuilding linked yard buildings, removing redundant structures and creating a new car park and site access.

However, many villagers remain unconvinced, and have lodged their objections on Babergh’s planning portal, arguing such a venue would lead to increased traffic congestion, noise and light pollution, and environmental impacts.

Clive Austen, of Brook Street, said: “The access to this proposed venue is via The Horseshoe, which is a very popular walk taken by myself on a regular basis, as well as by residents and their visitors.

“The Horseshoe roads are single vehicle width, with no pedestrian pavements and there are no vehicle passing points.

“The considerable increase in traffic, especially from strangers, will put my safety at a much higher risk when out walking.

“Glemsford is a quiet village and this proposal is not in keeping with village life and the residents who enjoy the countryside walk.”

But a planning statement on behalf of the applicants insists that the development would go “above and beyond” to mitigate any negative effects that may occur.

“Economically, the proposal would make a significant contribution to local employment and generate additional spend in the economy,” it reads.

“Socially, it would provide a facility that would entertain local communities and private individuals.

“The social element of this proposal is embedded in its use, where the resulting benefits are clear to see.”

The plans will go before councillors later this year.


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