Taylor Wimpey is pursuing an alternative plan to build on land north of Gracechurch Street, Debenham. Their original plan for 295 homes was rejected by Mid Suffolk District Council in December 1918. The parish council heard last night (Mon, July 20) that the developer had written to it asking to talk about a “reduced” scheme on the site.
In other words, it is asking the council to support overturning the neighbourhood plan which was approved in March 1918 by 87% of voters in a referendum and now has full legal status when planning decisions are made.
The parish council decided to respond to Taylor Wimpey saying it would discuss any plans the developer might have to build on land allocated for housing in the Neighbourhood Plan. The two major allocated sites are to the east of Aspall Road on the northern edge of the village and to the south between Ipswich Road and Low Road.
There are no details of what Taylor Wimpey’s new proposal might be but it is for the Gracechurch Street site.
The land north of Gracechurch Street was firmly rejected by independent consultants who evaluated all possible land in the village for housing. The Neighbourhood plan says about it “…development has the potential to significantly change the size and character of the village. Development would have significant traffic impact along a bottlenecked Gracechurch Street towards High Street. It would have an unacceptable visual impact, and increase the risk of flooding, with surface water from the development discharging at the north end of the village (i.e. upstream of village centre).”
Just before Christmas Taylor Wimpey resubmitted its original plan to the district council. There were objections from 439 people. No one supported it. Less than a month ago, on June 29, TW withdrew this planning application.
The speed with which they have written to the Parish Council suggests that they already had an alternative plan.