Eye Town Council sets out reasons for refusal recommendation for 280 homes

The site location plan of the proposed development in Eye. Pegasus. ANL-150411-230537001
The site location plan of the proposed development in Eye. Pegasus. ANL-150411-230537001

Eye Town Council has detailed its reasons for recommending refusal on a proposal for up to 280 homes and 60-bed care home in the town.

The council came to their conclusion at an extraordinary meeting earlier this month, and have submitted their case as to why the outline planning application in its current form to Mid Suffolk District Council should be turned down.

The decision to object does not reflect a general opposition to development but arises specifically from the inadequacies of the application itself

Eye Town Council

The plans were submitted by planning and development consultancy Pegasus, who are working with the landowner, last month.

In documents to the district authority, chair of strategic planning at Eye Town Council Peter Gould and clerk Roz Barnett said: “The Town Council, and indeed many people in the Town, see development as necessary to ensure a sustainable future for Eye.

“The decision to object does not reflect a general opposition to development but arises specifically from the inadequacies of the application itself.

“In summary, the Town Council has taken a very active and constructive role in the development of proposals that would have a dramatic impact on Eye, its people, services and surroundings.

“This single development represents a growth of some 30 per cent in the population of the Town.”

In the recommendation, Eye Town Council say there was no mention of the 60-bed care home until September 25, and criticized the decision this would be included as up to 35 per cent of the affordable housing.

They said this meant the consultation process had been inadequate.

Pressure on the road system was also cited, with particular concerns relating to connections with the A140, as well as the “ability” of local services, including the health centre to cope with population growth on the scale proposed, was listed, while “grave concerns” about the impact of flooding were also cited.

The Diss Express contacted Pegasus for a comment, but did had not received a response at the time of going to press.

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