UPDATE 15th June 2017
The Parish Council has recently made further comments on the applications submitted below as amended plans have been submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council. All of its responses are on Mid Suffolk District Council's website under the applicable planning application reference but for ease they are reprinted below:
4386/16 - amendment to access for the site at land on the west side of Barton Road - for Parish Council response please click here
5070/16 - response to amendments proposed by applicant to show that issues raised could be addressed - for Parish Council response please click here
4963/16 - response to amendments proposed by applicant to show that issues raised could be addressed - for Parish Council response please click here
The Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Team continue to be concerned that if the major applications now submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council are to be dealt with on an individual basis there will be a failure by the District Council to understand the cumulative impact such growth will have on the community of Thurston. It is also held that consideration of each individual planning application will not provide an appropriate response to the National Planning Policy Framework requirements nor to the impact on Thurston itself.
For this very reason, and also understanding the constraints of dealing with Planning Applications submitted within the National Planning Policy Framework, the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Team have concentrated their efforts at looking at the common issues facing each application as well as looking at the fundamental principle of development for each individual site and, where provided, specifically the more detailed layout proposals and their impact given each location.
Given the scale of proposed housing development, the Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Team have requested that the District Council adopts a cohesive approach that looks at the totality of applications and their impact on all of Thurston’s infrastructure and social development. This approach has been understood by both Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council and their Officers have been meeting to discuss the impact such growth could and would have on the infrastructure in and around Thurston.
Details of each of the applications submitted and responses from the Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Team are as per the details below. All of these applications were dealt with by Thurston Parish Council's Planning Committee who have been given delegated powers to make a response on the applications before the Parish Council. At each of the Committee Meetings there was a public forum at which members of the public were invited to make their views known to the Committee. All residents are reminded that they can, as individuals, submit a comment on each and every application to the District Council within the permitted timescales.