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Planners unanimously reject application to build 136 homes in Glemsford following heavy opposition

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Glemsford sign. (12655797)
Glemsford sign. (12655797)

Plans for 136 homes in Glemsford dubbed “unacceptable and inappropriate” have been refused after hundreds of people objected.

Nearly 430 objectors raised concerns over the plans for 101 homes and 35 retirement flats on land west of Low Street.

The application by EJL Landholdings Ltd was recommended for refusal by planning officers following a string of objections, including from statutory bodies such as Historic England.

It said there would be “considerable harm” to the nearby listed buildings, including the Grade 1 Church of St Mary, while the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty management also raised issues.

At Tuesday’s Babergh District Council planning committee, the outline plans were unanimously rejected.

Brian Stephens, who gave a representation on behalf of Glemsford Parish Council, said: “We consider the location to be totally inappropriate for housing.

“The site is presently rolling agricultural land and has a commanding view of the valley. It’s adjacent to the most prized parts of Glemsford’s conservation area.”

Mr Stephens said it would have a “seriously detrimental” effect on the land, while he had “serious safety concerns” over the proposed entrance to the estate, which is on a hill and only just within a 30mph zone.

A spokeswoman from Glemsford Residents’ Group said it would have a “significant and unacceptable” impact on the listed buildings nearby.

Among the reasons for rejection, as well as the impact on the listed buildings and AONB, were the inability for the nearby primary school to expand, highways access fears and the lack of an archaeological survey.

Agents on behalf of the applicant said the plans had been revised since the original submission, and provided a broad range of homes.

Addressing the impact on listed buildings, a spokesman said: “The scale of that harm has been overstated by consultees. Most aspects would remain unchanged and unaffected.”

It is not yet clear whether the developer will attempt to appeal the committee’s decision, or come back with a revised application at a later date in a bid to push the homes through.