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Planning Process & the Parish Council | Shepherd’s Grove, Stanton DC/22/2190/HYB

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This page will be updated with information on current major planning applications/proposals. All planning applications are documented in the agendas and minutes of monthly Parish Council meetings. All Parish Council comments are based on details publicly available on the Mid-Sufflolk District Council planning portal.

1. Preferably submit any comments on the Mid-Suffolk Planning Portal.

2. If submitting by email or post, ask for an acknowledgement. Comments by post can be submitted to: Planning Department, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX

3. Objections must be clearly stated as an ‘objection’.

4. As is always the case, objections that are not based on planning law (which is determined by central government) are largely ignored in the planning process. To be effective objections have to be based on that centrally determined planning law. Please do feel free base your comments on the Parish Council comments as a guide, but in your own words as far as possible. 

Shepherd’s Grove, Stanton – Land At Shepherds Grove Bury Road Stanton Suffolk

Hybrid application DC/22/2190/HYB

Find the application documents on the West Suffolk Planning website:

If approved, this development is estimated to be larger than the site in Sandy, Bedfordshire which has the benefit of close proximity to a major dualled trunk road.

The Parish Council meeting held on 8th February 2023 received and considered a report from planning consultants. This report reviewed the application against the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Parish Council resolved to object to this application but have concluded that it would be difficult to sustain ‘objections in principle’ to this form of development on this site as ‘in principle development’ has already been established through the West Suffolk Adopted Rural Vision 2031 and the Masterplan, on which the law does not require consultation with neighbouring Districts. Had consultation of neighbouring districts been required earlier in the process, the Parish Council would have submitted an ‘objection in principle’.

The Parish Council remains of the the view that the negative impact on surrounding villages of such a large-scale development on this site outweighs any benefits. This view is shared by other Parish Councils bordering the area.

The Parish Council’s final comments were submitted to West Suffolk who have commented that these are “well considered and helpful”. These were shared with other potentially affected parishes.

Determination of this application by West Suffolk District Council is still pending.

View full size pdf map for download (pdf)

Additional proposal for this site by Equation – not yet a formal application

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