Developer seeks final green light for 150 homes on contentious Long Melford site
Long-running and contentious development proposals for Long Melford have reached the final stage, with the submission of the reserved matters application.
Developer Bloor Homes is seeking permission to build 150 homes on land east of Station Road – referred to locally as Skylark Fields – following a recent public consultation period.
The plans were awarded outline approval by the Secretary of State for Housing in 2020, despite opposition from local residents and Long Melford Parish Council, after Gladman Developments appealed against Babergh District Council’s refusal decision in 2018.
A planning statement supporting the new application says this means the principle of residential development has already been established on the site.
“In granting outline planning permission, it has to be accepted that there is at least one form of development that would be acceptable at the reserved matters stage,” the statement reads.
“In this case, the proposal is considered to be a sustainable development that is consistent with, and builds upon, the detail submitted and accepted at the outline application stage.”
But concerns remain within the community over the potential adverse impacts of such a development on the rest of the village, including pressures on traffic and parking, school places and the village’s GP surgery.
Robert Thurlbourne, of Old Court, objecting to the reserved matters plan on Babergh’s online planning portal, said: “This proposed development is totally unacceptable for a beautiful historic village.
“Long Melford has already endured a number of new developments in recent years, and is in danger of being a historic village in the middle of a housing estate.”
Bloor Homes confirmed that, in the recent survey, only 23 per cent of respondents supported the detailed design proposals, but stated most opposition focused on the already-established principle of development.
To view the application, go to planning.baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications and use the reference code DC/21/02319.