Babergh District Council today approved outline planning permission for 64 homes in Boxford – bringing a raft of community benefits, including 22 affordable homes and five acres of public open space.
Applicant Catesby Development Land Limited sought permission for the development of land to the East of Sand Hill, with a site visit carried out by planning committee members in September 2019
This followed a previous proposal for 80 properties to be built at the same location, which was rejected by the council’s planning committee last autumn. Members refused on the grounds of the development being unable to meet local policies on various counts - including failing to meet a community need to develop outside the settlement boundary.
In response to that resolution, the applicant made changes to the plans to address concerns raised, with a new proposal for 64 homes being submitted in January 2020.
The amended plans came back to today’s planning committee meeting, held virtually to ensure public safety during the current coronavirus outbreak.
Following input from planning officers, the applicant, objectors and supporters - and subsequent debate - the committee voted by seven to three in favour of approving the recommendation that outline planning permission be granted, subject to conditions.
The development will benefit from 22 affordable homes and the provision of land for a community building. Plans also include additional woodland planting and a substantial public open space - part of which is earmarked for a new community play area.
Cllr Peter Beer, Chairman of Babergh District Council’s planning committee said:
“Our decision was not an easy one to reach as this was a finely balanced application, met with some opposition from the local community. However, after much deliberation we believe the extensive benefits of the proposals outweighs any potential harm, provided the applicant meets the conditions set out today.
"This development will offer much-needed affordable housing within the district - and allow for public open space totalling over five acres - ensuring our commitment to bright and healthy futures for our communities is met.”
Also during the meeting, the committee approved outline planning permission, subject to conditions, for a development of 28 new properties in Great Green, Cockfield. Plans for the site significantly evolved following discussions between Cockfield Parish Council and developer The Sudbury Group Limited to achieve an amicable outcome for the local community - and include 11 affordable homes and a centrally located public open space.