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Parish Council's Responses to Laxfield Road planning application

18 September 2019

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In addition to the written submission, made in August 2019, the following note summarises the verbal statements made by Cllr Lunn, on behalf of Dennington Parish Council.

Dennington Parish Council

Summary of Oral Submission made to East Suffolk Local Plan Examination Policy SCLP12.50: Land off Laxfield Road, Dennington

17th September 2019 (10:35 - 11:15)
Deben Meeting Room, East Su
ffolk House, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1RT

HM Inspector:Mr. Philip Lewis

East Suffolk Council:Mrs. McMillan, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Crowther 

Suffolk County Council:Mr. Feakes

Dennington Parish Council:Cllr. Matthew Lunn

Spring Farm House, Dennington:Mr. Charles Denton

In addition to the written submission, made in August 2019, the following note summarises the verbal statements made by Cllr Lunn, on behalf of Dennington Parish Council.

Question 3.64: Is the provision of approximately 50 dwellings at the site justified given the size of the site and proposed policy requirements?

The district council’s proposed reduction from 50 dwellings to 35 dwellings is welcome; however, 35 dwellings is at the upper level of tolerability for the site.

Any higher density would adversely affect the developer’s ability to properly mitigate the adverse impacts of the development on the conservation area and listed building to the south of the site.

It is important to note that whilst the development (and associated infrastructure /amenity improvements) could be positive for the village, virtually all of the detriment from the policy is borne by the listed building immediately to the south.

Question 3.65: Is the provision of dwellings designed to meet the needs of the older population justified?

The district council’s proposed policy revision for mixed-use housing is welcome. Carefully sited bungalow-style dwellings could be effective at softening the visual impact of the development and help mitigate the adverse impact on the listed building to the south.

Question 3.66: Is provision for specified areas for future school expansion and drop off and new early years setting justified and if so, should they be specifically identified/safeguarded on the Policies Map?

Provision of a drop-off area, space for future school expansion and an early years setting is justified and necessary to satisfy both existing and future local needs. In particular, there are no suitable sites for a new early years setting within the village and a recent application for a early years outside of the village has been rejected by East Suffolk Council because it is poorly related to the existing settlement and difficult to access by alternative forms of transport.

The policies map should show two dedicated zones within the development site - One for the drop-off area/school expansion and another zone for the early years setting.

This is because the primary school and early years service provision is unlikely to be by the same body. For example, Suffolk County Council funds schools and early years providers, but the county council does not provide the actual service or building facilities for early years education. If there was just a single zone for a drop-off area, school expansion and a nursery, how would land be allocated to the different service providers?