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Residents confident objections over homes plan will be upheld as developer appeals decision

The battle over the future of a controversial housing development in Bures St Mary is set to rage on, after a builder appealed to overturn a decision to refuse planning permission.

The Stemar Group has filed a formal appeal with the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, against Babergh District Council’s decision to reject six partly-built homes on a former slaughterhouse site on Cuckoo Hill.

The initial plans were approved in February 2015 and construction began in March 2017, but residents later complained the new homes were built well above their maximum permitted height.

The developer was told to submit a new application, which was then unanimously rejected by Babergh’s planning committee in July.

A council spokesman said no date has been set for the public appeal hearing, but, once it is, the council will write to villagers, with information on how to submit evidence for the hearing.

Clare Frewin, whose family’s home is overlooked by the development, told the Free Press she and her neighbours will attend the hearing to argue that the raised ground level and increased height of the new homes completely dominates and overshadows the existing properties.

“I feel confident the evidence submitted by Babergh – and the reasons the application was rejected – still stand,” said Mrs Frewin.

“The decision to refuse permission was unanimous, so we just hope Babergh are confident to defend it.

“As a picture tells a thousand words, we hope the planning inspectorate will visit the site and see for themselves the impact on a conservation area, special landscape area, and listed buildings.”

Stemar has argued that Cuckoo Hill is a sloped site, and any variations in the building height can be “interpreted as falling within the scope of the planning permission” granted in 2015.


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