Dan Poulter, Central Suffolk MP, has made a significant intervention in support of the campaign against Taylor Wimpy’s plan to build nearly 300 houses on land north of Gracechurch Street, Debenham.
He has written to Mathew Hicks who is chairman of Mid Suffolk Council’s Development Control Committee A and the Planning Referrals Committee. As well as being a district councillor, Mr Hicks is also a county representing the Thredling Division which includes Debenham.
In the letter (reported in the East Anglian Daily Times) Mr Poulter says :
I hope, while applying all your usual diligence and rigour to this case, you will consider the overwhelming weight of local sentiment and, equally significantly, the range of well-considered arguments and evidence of legal precedent, as submitted by residents and echoed in this letter, and arrive at your decision accordingly.
The people of Debenham deserve nothing less.
Since Taylor Wimpey submitted the application at Christmas time, The Debenham Neighbourhood plan has had overwhelming support in a consultation. It is now been submitted to Mid Suffolk Council for the approval process. It is nearing the end of a publicity period after which an independent examiner will ensure it meets all the legal requirements.
The plan rejects the site where Taylor Wimpey wants to build. The closer a neighbourhood plan is to final approval the more weight it should be given by planners.
Mid Suffolk Council can now demonstrate that it has a five-year supply of land for house building which removes one of the loopholes in planning rules which have been exploited by developers.
The Neighbourhood plan identified more suitable sites for housing development to take place in Debenham.