Planning application DC/17/1252/FUL
When I was elected in May I became aware of a large development planned for Clare on the Cavendish Road. I also understood that the planning application was going to be decided by planning officers, rather than elected councillors at a meeting held in public. 53 additional houses for a small town like Clare is significant and needs to be decided in public not behind closed doors. So I “called in” the application which means it is now much more likely to be decided at committee.
Last week the developer asked to meet with me on site. I saw this as an opportunity to put the case for the folk of Clare. See below for a note I sent to the planning officer after the meeting.
“Just to let you know the developer contacted me today wanting to meet up, which I agreed to do on site today. He is aware of me “calling in” the planning application.
We talked about the dangers of complying with all the rules and policies yet still delivering a poor development.
We discussed the following points:
No broadband provision- he agreed to implement broadband and put it in writing.
Why no solar panels? We have a declared climate emergency at West Suffolk Council. He is happy to put solar panels on the buildings but feels the issue is with conservationists at the council. He is going to revisit it with officers. I will be pressing for this at the committee meeting.
Attenuation ponds being near to green space. A danger to children. He explained they would be empty and dry most of the time. He is going to clarify this in writing.
Ditches and drains blocked – either side of the plot. He contends it’s not his responsibility. I advised adding 53 houses was not going to make things better so the issue needs resolving by someone. He is going to talk to Anglia water and environment agency.
Speed reduction measures – he is going to look further to see what can be done.
The call in seems to have him motivated.”