On 25th May 2018 Gladman Developments Ltd submitted a Planning Application to Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) for a development on Mill Mount Field.
DC/18/02380 | Outline Planning Application- Erection of up to 160 No. dwellings with public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system and creation of new vehicular access. (All matters reserved except for access.) | Land To The East Of Poplar Hill Stowmarket Suffolk IP14 2EJ
Full details can be found on the MSDC website, where there are in excess of 250 documents including over 200 public comments. https://planning.baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=P9A2I8SHIE800&activeTab=summary
Gladman Developments Ltd are working in partnership with the landowners (E W Durrant, Battisford) to secure planning permission for residential development and to manage the onward sale to a housebuilder. Gladman work on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. To quote their website ‘We only get paid if we are successful in achieving planning permission, by taking a share of sale proceeds when a site is sold to a housebuilder’. http://www.gladmanland.co.uk/who-are-gladman/
The Planning Application went before Mid Suffolk Development Control Committee ‘A’ on Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 and was refused.
Gladman lodged an Appeal with the Planning Inspectorate on 18th October 2018, which was formally registered by the Planning Inspectorate on 25th October 2018.
Reference: APP/W3520/W/18/3214324. https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?CaseID=3214324&CoID=0
The Planning Inspectorate is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Welsh Government. The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales.
The Appeal Date has been set for 23rd Jul 2019. Details of the venue have yet to be announced. The Planning Inspectorate will appoint a Planning Inspector to hear the Appeal. He or she will hear evidence from the two main parties (MSDC and Gladman), from expert witnesses and from interested parties. The Save Mill Mount Field Network have advised the Planning Inspectorate of their intention to attend the Appeal Hearing as an interested party and will be seeking to speak at the Appeal Hearing. Members of the public can attend the Hearing and ask to be heard by the Inspector.
Based on similar previous cases, the Appeal Hearing is expected to last about eight days. At the end of the hearing the Inspector will adjourn to prepare a written judgement giving his/her decision and the reasoning behind it. These written judgements can run to 20 or more pages. There will also be a considerable number of supporting documents presented to the Inspector as evidence. So the preparation of the written judgement can take quite some time. Again based on similar previous cases, publication of the Planning Inspector's Decision is unlikely to be much before Q4 2019.
Save Mill Mount Field (SMMF) is a group of local residents contesting the Appeal. Click here to read about SMMF and the case we submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.