SS0098 - Land north of Back Hills, Botesdale

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Object

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive)

Representation ID: 10

Received: 23/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Paul Macbay

Representation:

Location is open countryside
Special Landscape area
Would be highly visible from all directions with no natural screening by mature woodland
Important landscape locally for people and wildlife
Potential traffic and pedestrian issues further along Back Hills
Next to undesignated heritage asset designed by Capability Brown
MSDC landscape assessment on planning request for land north of back hills talks of the sensitivity of the area visually. This area (North) is opposite and far larger and open.

Full text:

I would object to this 11 hectare site to be used for residential development because of its location - A special Landscape area at bottom of a rolling landscape in open countryside on the village edge. It would be highly visible from all directions detracting from a locally important landscape and has a un-designated heritage asset next to it to the east -Redgrave Park. It should also be noted that any vehicles from that site would be highly likely to travel south to the village centre/co-op or west in the direction of Bury st Edmunds using Back Hills as it is the shortest way, which at its one way point towards the market place is single track with no pavements (a popular walking to the primary school route) Every week you see vehicles reversing back up to The Drift to turn around because they cannot get through at the bottom. I would hope the land is used by the villages as a large park for recreation or grazing land(currently) /new woodland!! Basically enhance what is already a very well used area for walking and by wildlife- Barn owls hunt over the area to the North of the site and along the shrubs by the stream.

Object

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive)

Representation ID: 386

Received: 30/09/2017

Respondent: Mr Neil Fearn

Representation:

The site lies within a Special Landscape Area.

In planning for development, I believe, the village needs to reflect upon what we value & what we wish to retain.

This is open countryside, crisscrossed with footpaths, a joy, an asset the village should not be considering for development.

South of Back Hills has been granted planning permission. Are we considering destroying the nature of Back Hills with a two-lane road?

Bar the site near Common Road, I believe the other sites lie between the village centre and the bypass.

Put simply, surely, these provide much less impairment to our village?

Full text:

The site lies within a Special Landscape Area.

In planning for development, I believe, the village needs to reflect upon what we value & what we wish to retain.

This is open countryside, crisscrossed with footpaths, a joy, an asset the village should not be considering for development.

South of Back Hills has been granted planning permission. Are we considering destroying the nature of Back Hills with a two-lane road?

Bar the site near Common Road, I believe the other sites lie between the village centre and the bypass.

Put simply, surely, these provide much less impairment to our village?

Comment

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive)

Representation ID: 8700

Received: 10/11/2017

Respondent: Botesdale & Rickinghall CAP Group

Representation:

The land to the south of Back Hills has been assessed as not suitable for development due to the loss of open space. To be consistent, that assessment ought to be applied to the eastern section of this site.
Consideration should be given to the suitability of the site for a replacement School, where such siting would relieve the current traffic congestion and parking issues in the viscinity of St Botolphs' School and Botesdale Health Centre.

Full text:

Land to the North of Back Hills is a large site, the northern area adjoining the stream fed from Redgrave Lake via a weir in the dam, has been prone to flooding and is categorised as such.
The land to the south of Back Hills has been assessed as not suitable for development due to the loss of open space. To be consistent, that assessment ought to be applied to the eastern section of this site.
Consideration should be given to the suitability of the site for a replacement School, where such siting would relieve the current traffic congestion and parking issues in the viscinity of St Botolphs' School and Botesdale Health Centre. Back Hills, Rose Lane and the Fairstead are currently blighted by the traffic and parking issues engendered by the proximity to the School and Health Centre. Additional Public Parking allocation within this site, with pedestrian access to Back Hills could relieve some of the pressure. Vacating the current School site could also release land for public car parking for the Health Centre and Botesdale Village Hall.