Search

Controversial plans to build 78 new homes refused

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 16 March 2018

Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused. Picture: Nick Butcher

Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused. Picture: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2018

A controversial outline planning proposal to build 78 new homes in Carlton Colville has been unanimously refused – much to the delight of concerned residents.

Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused.
Picture: Nick Butcher Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused. Picture: Nick Butcher

The bid would have seen a new housing estate built within the setting of St Peter’s Church, a Grade II* listed building, on the land at Church Lane and Chapel Road.

It originally came before Waveney District Council’s (WDC) planning committee last month; however councillors voted to visit the greenfield site to more accurately assess the community impact before reaching a final decision.

As the application was brought back to the committee on Tuesday evening some residents were forced to watch proceedings via a link in the canteen as available seating overflowed.

Residents, councillors and Historic England have continually voiced concerns the proposal will negatively impact the setting of the church and nearby residents.

Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused.
Picture: Nick Butcher Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused. Picture: Nick Butcher

St Peter’s Church is the oldest recorded building in the town. It was originally built in 1326, then rebuilt in 1884, and is Grade II* listed – meaning it is a particularly important building of more than special interest.

Historic England objected to the application and said developing the last open area of land in the setting of the church would result in harm to the significance of the building.

During the meeting representatives from Badger Building, who submitted the bid, attacked the “narrow-minded” views of Historic England.

They said: “The church’s purpose is unaffected by setting. Churches serve people not fields.

Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused.
Picture: Nick Butcher Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused. Picture: Nick Butcher

“Our plan adds housing to a faltering housing supply.”

The proposed scheme also outlined plans to provide extra parking for the church to meet modern needs.

During the debate committee members agreed the site’s proximity to the listed church was grounds enough to refuse the plan.

However questions were also raised about whether the area’s existing infrastructure could cope with an influx of residents.

Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused. Picture: Nick Butcher Planning permission to build 78 homes opposite St Peter's Church, Carlton Colville has been refused. Picture: Nick Butcher

Councillor Graham Elliott noted the current draft of WDC’s Local Plan, which is formally released next week, rejected the site.

He said: “We have to allocate sites – if we don’t we lose all control of our planning system.

“This site was assessed and ruled out.

“We owe it to our local residents to deliver our local plan and not sites on top of that.”

The councillors’ decision was greeted with a wave of cheering and applause by relieved residents.

Other news

Yesterday, 17:05

Police footage has captured the centre of a town grinding to a halt while a pontoon was transported to its final destination.

Yesterday, 15:53

Two dogs were left unable to stand after unknowingly eating cannabis while out on a morning walk.

Yesterday, 15:50

The annual Lowestoft Evacuees summer reunion will be held next weekend.

Yesterday, 15:28

A new phone system designed to ensure calls to the police’s non-emergency number are dealt with quickly and efficiently is now live.

Most Read

Yesterday, 15:53

Two dogs were left unable to stand after unknowingly eating cannabis while out on a morning walk.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:05

Police footage has captured the centre of a town grinding to a halt while a pontoon was transported to its final destination.

Read more
Norwich
Yesterday, 09:34

A woman was taken to hospital following a two-car collision in Carlton Colville.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:06

A temporary car park has opened in Lowestoft on the former site of a multi-storey car park as the long term future of the location remains unknown.

Read more
Waveney District Council
Yesterday, 07:57

A man whose body was found in Somerleyton near to where an illegal rave was held has been named as James Cossey.

Read more
Suffolk Police

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 14°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter