Two housing developments that could bring up to 210 new properties to Clare have been deemed inappropriate by a planning inspector.
Roger Clews, who chaired the inquiry earlier this year into St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s framework for development, Rural Vision 2031, made his comments in a report just released.
Mr Clews supported housing sites already included in the framework that would see 64 homes built on land off Cavendish Road and the 60 properties already under way east of The Granary.
Two other housing sites were proposed by developers to be added to the Vision document; 50 to 60 houses on land at the rear of the The Swan in the High Street, called Back Field and 130 to 150 more houses at Snow Hill.
Concerns had been raised that traffic from the Cavendish Road development would significantly increase if the scheme went ahead and that pedestrian and cycle access was not sufficient.
Mr Clews found, however, that those concerns were not strong enough to oppose the development.
Mr Clews did oppose the Back Field development, saying it ‘would destroy its rural character and obliterate the remarkable juxtaposition that has survived from medieval times of dense development along High Street and Nethergate Street and open countryside immediately behind it.”
The Snow Hill proposal, added Mr Clews, was also ‘inappropriate’, largely, he said, due to its visual impact.
He is also happy with the 22 homes planned for Wickhambrook, saying it would not trigger a suggested requirement for a new GP surgery but asked for the policy to be amended to reflect that.
It now says: “The impact of development on land at Nunnery Green and Cemetery Hill on healthcare capacity should be assessed and required mitigation measures determined through consultation and liaison with NHS England.”