Mid Suffolk’s Development Control Committee A decided this morning (Wednesday 19 December) to refuse permission for an application for 295 new homes in the village of Debenham.
The decision was taken after long debate at this morning’s meeting of the committee in Endeavour House, attended by large numbers of Debenham residents and chaired by Cllr Matthew Hicks. The meeting began at 9.30am and the Debenham proposals was the first application considered, before reaching a decision at 12.58pm.
The outline application, submitted by Taylor Wimpey, proposed 295 new homes on land to the north of Gracechurch Street in Debenham, and refused by the Committee on the ground that the development would represent unacceptable harm due to the disproportionate scale of the proposals and the Highly Valued Views across the Deben Valley.
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Chairman of Mid Suffolk’s Development Control Committee A, said: “Debenham is a key village within Mid Suffolk, offering schools, services and shops, however the 295 new homes proposed would represent a considerable increase in size. While there were some real benefits from the proposed development, including increased early years care in the village and more affordable homes, ultimately the Committee felt unable to grant planning permission. This decision was reached due to the unacceptable impact of the development on the Highly Valued Views across the Deben Valley, recognised in Debenham’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan, and the disproportionate scale of this development in a small village.”
Cllr Kathie Guthrie, Mid Suffolk District Council Member for Debenham, said: “I have worked tirelessly with both the community and Parish Council, and in the background for over a year and a half now with the Debenham Neighbourhood Plan nearing its conclusion I think the decision of the Committee is only right and proper.”