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Parish council in legal challenge to grant of outline consent for 210-home development

Mid Suffolk District Council's decision to give outline consent to a plan which would see 210 new dwellings built in a village is to be challenged in the High Court by Thurston Parish Council in October.

But at a Development Control Committee B meeting on Wednesday this week, Mid Suffolk's Chief Planning Officer, Philip Isbell, told councillors that the developer, Bloor Homes, had requested to defer its applications.

Bloor Homes said it wished to make amendments to take stock of the recommendations to dormer arrangements, parking, street protection and planting made in a previous committee report before the council decides on the application.

The chief planning officer said the intention of the move was to "achieve a permission which can be delivered if they are successful in defending, together with ourselves, the judicial review claim that has been made".

According to a Local Democracy Reporting Service report, the parish council is bringing the judicial review "on the grounds that the parish council believes district council committee members were wrongly advised on the weight to be given to the neighbourhood plan, which did not allocate the site for development".

It also believes the committee was wrongly advised on planning balance and that the decision prejudices the local plan process, which has not yet been completed, the Local Democracy Reporting Service noted.

Adam Carey

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