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Gladman Developments' fresh bid for homes off Poplar Hill, in Combs

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Developers behind rejected plans for 160 homes near Stowmarket dubbed the 'worst case of speculative application to exploit for profit' have submitted a fresh bid to develop the land.

Gladman Developments Ltd failed to get its application for 160 homes off Poplar Hill, Combs, past Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee in September last year following strong public opposition.

A campaign group called Save Mill Mount Field put together a petition of 1,500 signatures, while Ringshall ward councillor David Whybrow in the committee meeting described it as 'one of the worst cases of speculative application to exploit for profit' he had ever seen.

View of Poplar Hill, Stowmarket (7238073)
View of Poplar Hill, Stowmarket (7238073)

Stowmarket South councillor Nick Gowrley said he had 'never received so much adverse comment' for a proposal.

Now, Gladman has resubmitted an outline application for the greenfield site, this time for 138 homes.

In its application, the firm said: “The proposed development has been carefully considered to ensure that it will provide high-quality sustainable development.”

The planning statement said it 'responds sensitively to the site setting' and would create an 'attractive development while minimising any potential harm'.

The land is not designated for housing in any plan for the district and comes as the council is consulting with the public on its five-year land supply.

Councils without a five-year land supply must give more weight to applications in favour of approval, as long as they are sustainable.

Consultees have been contacted to share their comments before the application goes to committee this spring.

The county council’s flood and water management team have lodged a holding objection over the flood risk assessment.

A spokesman from Gladman has been approached for comment but was unavailable at the time of publishing.