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Pinewood Parish Council seeking legal advice over Belstead Meadow go-ahead

21:55 13 February 2016

The Belstead House in Pinweood, Ipswich.

The Belstead House in Pinweood, Ipswich.

Frustrated councillors who object to plans to build 155 homes in their parish are threatening legal action against planners.

Pinewood Parish Council wrote a letter of complaint to Babergh District Council after outline permission to redevelop Belstead House on the edge of Ipswich was granted in November, despite a first vote to refuse it.

The planning officers adjourned to have a meeting with the developer, Rural Community Housing, after which an improved offer was made and £50,000 was promised for traffic calming measures.

Another vote was taken and the application was approved.

A spokesman for Pinewood Parish Council said: “This council wrote to Babergh District Council’s chief executive officer, Ms Charlie Adan, in December to dispute the procedure followed in the session to hear the Belstead Meadows application and asked specific questions regarding the procedure and conduct of those involved in hearing the application.

“We did not consider the response to be satisfactory and have informed Ms Adan that we will be seeking legal advice as to what our next action might be.”

The proposal is to develop former Suffolk County Council building Belstead House and the land around it into 155 homes aimed at older residents and a 65-bed care home.

A Babergh District Council spokesman said: “Babergh is aware that members of Pinewood Parish Council are unhappy with a planning decision that has been made reference Belstead House. We have noted their concerns and their intention to seek further legal advice.”

3 comments

  • This has bribe written all over it. All controversial planning applications seem to be refused, before being approved via the backdoor... it is about time those in power were held to account. It is really sad, how a small amount of £50k could swing the decision... a tiny premium for the developers but very little income for the authority, nothing much you can really do for £50k - especially in the public sector! Not only is this a beautiful part of Ipswich especially for dog walkers but they are building dwellings far too close to overhead high voltage power lines.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • It is amazing that Babergh District Council can fulfill their Government housing quota and build numerous housing estates on the outskirts of Ipswich. More traffic mayhem for Ipswich. Lets hope the Pinewood parish councillors can protect this lovely stretch of countryside and dog walking meadow down at Belstead Brook.

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    chantry

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • More suffering for IPSWICH. Will there be a road out to the A14 from the estate, or will Hawthorne Drive and Ipswich have to suffer the tailbacks? I say, level Hadleigh, Sproughton and all in between and build a Newtown, garden City type thing. Unitary Rule for Ipswich!

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    Mike Derruki

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

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