Six hundred and forty houses are planned in Debenham by developers, Taylor Wimpey. Their current planning application for 295 houses is only the first phase of a 15 year building plan.
They also want to build more than 300 houses on land between the High School and Leisure Centre grounds and Low Road. This development, like the existing application, would be accessed from Gracechurch Street.
Details of the scale of Taylor Wimpey’s plans is revealed in a “Vision Document” found by digging down through the responses to the draft version of Mid Suffolk District Council’s Local Plan. But it easier to use this link.
The Vision Document, says Taylor Wimpey, will…
…inform future planning applications, and will be a material consideration in their determination and represents the direction of travel for the Site proposals….
The Sites provide an opportunity to deliver a development in a sustainable location which can provide development to help meet the housing requirements of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District.
This raises the question of why it was not included among the many documents available to the public through the planning consultation area of the MSDC website.
The extensive brochure includes many illustrations including this one which show clearly how the two sites relate to each other.
The southern site was previously thought to have access only to Low Road but the developers have clearly negotiated a route to Gracechurch Street.
This document and the company’s responses to the the Local Plan consultation are fairly dense documents which I will explore in future posts.
NB the Local Plan is for MSDC and it should not be confused with the Neighbourhood Plan which is being promoted by the Parish Council which considers both these sites unsuitable. Details and an online response form are on the village website.
Jane Baldwin has commented on this story at the Debenham Village Facebook page. This is what she has written (She has also posted a comment here – see at bottom of this page):
The Debenham Future blog find it at debenhamfuture.wordpress.com is showing the Vision Statement from Taylor Wimpey – worth a read. Having briefly read the vision statement I am left pondering the statement that they wish to “create a new neighbourhood” among many others. That doesn’t say to me anything about cohesively growing the village. They state that Stowmarket is our nearest town yet not that there is no public transport there. Not to mention the out of hours Dr, Citizens Advice bureau, job centre, etc. and the need to drive to get there! They state buses run in the evening to and from Ipswich train station but not what time they stop. On paper it all sounds like Utopia, even the photos are chosen not to reflect the correct views – the reality well? I am concerned that those responsible for deciding the future of the village have no personal knowledge of the day to day life including the infrastructure and the issues. If you haven’t done so please take the time to express your views to MSDC planning on the proposed 295 houses development.