The Secretary of State said…
“I am writing to you today to highlight our commitment in the coalition agreements where we very clearly set out our intention to rapidly abolish Regional Strategies…”
Write Here, Write Now - On March 18th Suffolk Coastal District Council voted to submit its Local Development Framework to the planning inspector for the final stage of approval. They agreed to review this in the light of any national Government policy changes, but we have not been told how and when this will take place.
In the meantime, the Council may decide to use this ‘Interim LDF’ as the basis for considering planning applications to build 2000 new homes on the land adjacent to BT’s Adastral Park and 281 houses in Martlesham opposite the Black Tiles pub. Any planning permissions granted on the basis of this interim policy would be almost irreversible, even though the Council’s planning policy would not yet have been tested as sound nor adopted as the Council’s planning policy
Under Section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has the power to call in planning applications and to either decide them himself or to have them determined by an independent Planning Inspector. Please write to:
The Right Honourable Eric Pickles MP
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
London SW1E 5DU
Suffolk Coastal District Council: Emerging Local Development Framework Core Strategy and current Planning application 09/0555 for 2000 houses and other mixed development
Asking him to call in the planning application so that it can be determined by an independent Planning Inspector
Highlighting in your own words some or all of the points below:
- This is a major allocation, by far the largest proposed by the District Council
- The land is the subject of a current planning application (for 2000 houses plus 60000 m2 of commercial development) which Council Officers are planning to put before the Development Control Committee in the very near future
- The Council has decided to adopt the LDF as interim planning policy for the determining of all planning applications regardless of size and impact.
- There will be a significant effect on the nearby Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB (88 metres from the development at its nearest point)
- There will be a significant impact on nearby internationally protected wildlife sites
- There are viable alternatives available which would have far less impact on the AONB and be much better related to existing built up areas.
- The proposed Greenfield site is specifically precluded from housing development under the existing Local Plan
- In the last four years an Independent Inspector rejected an applicant’s appeal against the Council’s rejection of a planning application for 120 log cabins on an adjacent site. This rejection was on the grounds of the adverse effect on the AONB and protected sites.
- The inadequacy of the consultation process undertaken by the Council.
- The overall planning process employed represents a travesty of the processes envisaged in the Government’s Planning Policy Statements regarding Sustainable Development and Local Spatial Planning.
It is MOST IMPORTANT that you copy your request to Barbara Wyganowski at Go-East as she is the civil servant who will actually take any action on behalf of the Secretary of State:
Government Office for the East Of England,
Cambridge CB2 2DF
Tel: 01223 372500
Fax: 01223 372501
Please also copy your request to your local MP:
House of Commons