Press release from Community Voice on Planning

Community

Voice on Planning

An informal association of local councillors and interest groups seeking to improve the planning service in Suffolk Coastal district.

‘Super Group’ Formed to Demand Improved Planning Service.

Group Formed.

Building on an earlier meeting, representatives of concerned parish councils and citizens recently met in Rendlesham and agreed band together to form ‘Community Voice on Planning’ (CVP) as an informal association of local councillors and interest groups seeking to improve the planning service in Suffolk Coastal District.

Scrutiny.

Several people at the meeting had attended the meeting of SCDC’s Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee (CSSC) on 21st June, at which the work of their Planning Working Party was reported. Whilst discussion was hampered by the absence of the CSSC minutes from the SCDC website, concern was expressed about a number of aspects of the process. Whilst there were doubts about the outcome of the review, there was an understanding that CSSC Working Party Chairman remained committed to ensuring the scrutiny process works properly. It was agreed that all concerned should continue to engage positively with the process.

‘Higher Authorities’ to be Invoked.

We noted that the Planning Inspectorate apparently have concerns about the Local Development Framework (LDF) process in Suffolk Coastal and had suggested that the issue be brought up with Government Office for the East of England (GO-East) as a matter of urgency. It was agreed that our top priorities for action should be to send delegations to GO-East, to the three MPs representing the east of Suffolk and to the Audit Commission.

The meeting considered reports from Eyke, Melton and Waldringfield Parish Councils, and from Save Trimley Against Growth, which included specific examples of how poor planning practice has made communities’ lives worse. These will be used to prepare a briefing note to attach to letters seeking meetings with the various ‘higher authorities’. Other groups participating include Girdlestone Action Group, No Adastral New Town, No Windfarm at Parham, Save Felixstowe Countryside, Save Trimley Against Growth and Save Our Rural Roads (which represents a dozen parish councils in Suffolk Coastal District).

Contacts

  • Geof Butterwick
  • Tony Fryatt

Contact details omitted but can be supplied if you email NANT.

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