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Result of planning inquiry into plans for 150 homes in Long Melford delayed until at least January




The outcome of a planning appeal into major housing development proposals in Long Melford has been delayed until early next year, due to the general election.

A decision had been expected before the end of 2019 on the planning inquiry into an application to build 150 homes on land off Station Road – known locally as the Skylark Fields.

The application was refused by Babergh District Council’s planning committee, prompting an appeal by developer Gladman, which was considered by the Government’s planning inspector earlier this year, before being called in by the Secretary of State.

The Save Our Skylark Fields (SOS) campaign led a protest march through Long Melford to raise awareness for the planning inquiry into an application for 150 homes on land off Station Road. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (23943524)
The Save Our Skylark Fields (SOS) campaign led a protest march through Long Melford to raise awareness for the planning inquiry into an application for 150 homes on land off Station Road. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (23943524)

However, it is now understood that no verdict on the inquiry will be issued until after January 23 at the earliest.

The delay is due to time being needed for the formation of a new Parliament and appointment of government ministers, following the general election, which takes place on Thursday.


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