March 8 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
A council has sought to clarify its position on a development which will take place in its parish.
Shotley Parish Council’s area of responsibility includes the former HMS Ganges site which a developer has recently been granted planning permission to regenerate.
And while the council support the plans and have welcomed the new development they are concerned statements by other councils in the area have been misleading.
They have also written to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles saying a public enquiry into the application, as requested by neighbouring councils, is not necessary.
Shotley parish clerk Linda Rowlands said in the letter to Mr Pickles that any comments made about them objecting to the plans were “misleading and incorrect”.
She added: “Following widespread consultation with the Shotley community we are generally in favour. We support the development.”
There have been concerns that the development, which is to include almost 300 new houses, a 60-bed nursing home and a hotel but no affordable housing, would lead to it becoming an “isolated rural community”.
The council refutes this, saying the village is the largest on the B1456 corridor with “more residents, community groups and amenities than all the other villages combined”.
Speaking at the planning meeting which approved the proposals, officer Graham Chamberlain from Babergh District Council said: “We have weighed up the benefits and believe that in this case they outweigh the drawbacks.”
But Simon Hewitt, of the Stour and Orwell Society, said: “This scheme is not good enough for Shotley.
“The benefits for local people are far too low”