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Proposal for 300 new homes in Debenham rejected

Plans that would have seen almost 300 new houses built in Debenham have been thrown out.

CONCERNED: Committee chairman Matthew Hicks.
CONCERNED: Committee chairman Matthew Hicks.

Under the proposals, which were submitted by Taylor Wimpey Homes, 295 new homes were earmarked for land to the north of Gracechurch Street.

Councillors refused the plans on the grounds that the development would represent “unacceptable harm” and impact upon the highly valued views across the Deben Valley.

Speaking after the meeting, Matthew Hicks, chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council’s development control committee, said: “Debenham is a key village within Mid Suffolk, offering schools, services and shops, however, the 295 homes proposed would represent a considerable increase in size.

“While there were some real benefits from the proposed development, including increased early years care in the village and more affordable homes, ultimately, the committee felt unable to grant planning permission.

“This decision was reached due to the unacceptable impact of the development on the highly valued views across the Deben Valley, recognised in Debenham’s emerging neighbourhood plan, and the disproportionate scale of this development in a small village.”

The decision was made at a meeting in Endeavour House, Ipswich, on Wednesday, which was attended by large numbers of Debenham residents.

Kathie Guthrie, district councillor for Debenham, said: “I have worked tirelessly with both the community and parish council, and in the background for over a year-and-a-half now on a neighbourhood plan, which is now nearing its conclusion. I think the decision by the committee is only right and proper.”

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