The chair of a group aiming to halt a 40-homes plan in Gislingham says they will “continue to fight” after an appeal was lodged against its refusal.
The Guardians of Gislingham group was formed in April in direct response to the outline planning application, earmarked for land to the rear of West View Gardens. It had been submitted by Essex-based land promoters New Hall Properties.
Eric Sheehan, chairman of the group, told the Diss Express: “We were optimistic, but realistic as well. We knew that there was an appeal which was going to be lodged pretty soon afterwards.
“The decision to refuse was not on the criteria we thought it would be based on, so we were deflated. Although it was a victory, it was a hollow victory.
“We are acting on behalf of those in the village who don’t want this.
“If you look at the history of Gislingham we have seen some sensible planning decisions but we have seen some very controversial ones, such as Chapel Farm.
The decision to refuse was not on the criteria we thought it would be based on, so we were deflatedEric Sheehan
“Ultimately the village is our primary concern and it is the residents that have voiced their objections.”
In the decision notice, Mid Suffolk District Council said the proposal had “failed” to make adequate provisions or contributions to provide for the community, as well as other facilities and services for the occupants of the proposed homes.
It added the applicants had not entered in to the “necessary legal agreement”, which is required to ensure affordable housing provision, and financial contributions to local amenities. An appeal was lodged with the authority in September.
Concerns raised by the group include building on a greenfield site, that the application was outside the settlement boundary, and the lack of need.
For more information on the Guardians of Gislingham group, see www.guardiansofgislingham.org.uk