Council backs residents against Wortham homes

Howards Close residents are against plans to build eight affordable units in their close. ANL-150508-143746009

Howards Close residents are against plans to build eight affordable units in their close. ANL-150508-143746009

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Wortham Parish Council have backed a group of concerned residents and have offered a recommendation of refusal to a planning application for eight new properties.

Orwell submitted an application for eight properties earlier this year behind Howards Close, which was subsequently withdrawn and resubmitted last month.

Residents of the close had concerns there had been a lack of consultation and that the proposal would “cram people in”.

The council met on Tuesday and voted to object the plans.

In their response to Mid Suffolk District Council, the objection stemmed from planning policy relating to the design and layout of the proposal, as well as the scale and density in relation to existing properties.

Terry Drum, of Howards Close, told the Diss Express: “On behalf of the residents we are elated the council have supported our opposition to Orwell’s planning application.

“I appreciate the way Stephen Rash (parish council chairman) the way he handled the meeting, giving me the time and patience to address the council, I want to thank him for that.”

Mid Suffolk District Council will have the final say on the plans.

The application currently has six public comments — four objecting to the plans, with two neutral.

The application, 3929/15, can be viewed online at planningpages.midsuffolk.gov.uk