A view of St Mary's Church, Combs, with Mill Mount Field in the immediate foreground.
Mill Mount Field is an area of land just beyond the brow of Poplar Hill and to the east of the road running from Stowmarket to Combs and beyond. The name Mill Mount Field can be traced back to the Combs Hall Estate Map of 1710. The field, which is currently managed as arable farmland, amounts to some 8.5 hectares in total.
Sited between the road and the Grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church, with the ancient Combs Wood in the background, Mill Mount Field provides the foreground to one of the finest landscape scenes in Mid Suffolk (see above).
Gladman Developments Ltd have made an application on behalf of the landowner to develop Mill Mount Field for housing. The proposal has met with fierce opposition from the local population. A petition signed by more than 1500 people in Stowmarket, Combs Ford, Combs, Little Finborough, Battisford and Moats Tye opposed the application on the grounds that it would;
- adversely affect the natural and historic environment, in particular the Grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church,
- irrevocably damage the valued landscape surrounding the Grade I St Mary’s Church,
- reduce the strategic gap between Stowmarket and Combs to less than 150 metres,
- have a detrimental impact on traffic and safety, and access to vital services,
- and put pressure on already overstretched healthcare services and schools.
This led to the setting up of The Save Mill Mount Field Network, a group of local people committed to fighting this proposal.