Palgrave Parish Council chairman hits out at planners on both sides of border

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The chairman of Palgrave Parish Council says proper consultation is needed between district authorities in Suffolk and Norfolk to ensure towns and villages can cope with extra homes.

A planning application has been lodged by Danny Ward Builders for land south of Lion Road in the north Suffolk village for 21 new properties.

There is an assumption from by members of Mid Suffolk District Council planning committee that Diss will be able to provide, not knowing whether it will be able to or not

Mike Bootman

Mike Bootman, parish council chairman, has accused Mid Suffolk District Council and South Norfolk Council of a lack of consultation with each other.

Despite being in north Suffolk, many in Palgrave rely on health service provision across the border in Diss, while some in south Norfolk use the village’s primary school. The village is also used as a bypass for traffic avoiding the congested A1066 through Diss and trying to reach Diss from the A143.

Mr Bootman told the Diss Express: “It is not just about the 21 homes. It is about the way Mid Suffolk goes about its planning business.

“There is an assumption from members of Mid Suffolk District Council planning committee that Diss will be able to provide, not knowing whether it will be able to or not.

“They are more appear more concerned with meeting these targets for any new houses than they are with planning properly for development in settlements. There are some settlements that are more capable of hosting development than others.

“In Palgrave we have the school - which is full - and the community centre and that’s it.”

A statement from South Norfolk Council read: “South Norfolk Council is consulted by and sends consultations to adjoining local planning authorities.

“We inform adjacent district members and parish or town councils that the application is being considered by the adjoining authority, but usually provide an officer level comment on how it will impact our district.”

Palgrave Parish Council has objected to the plans.

And of the 27 public comments on the Mid Suffolk planning portal, 22 object to the plan, with just one in support.

The Diss Express contacted Mid Suffolk District Council for comment, but this had not been received at the time of going to press.

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