Gladman withdraws application for 'unplanned' 2,700-home Suffolk garden village

Land promoter Gladman has withdrawn an "unplanned" proposal for a 2,700-home garden village in East Suffolk after signals from the local council that the application would be rejected on the grounds that it was "not in accordance" with the area's development plan.

A masterplan visualisation of the development. (pic: Gladman & Orwell Settlement Trustees)
A masterplan visualisation of the development. (pic: Gladman & Orwell Settlement Trustees)

The outline application was first submitted on behalf of the Gladman & Orwell Settlement Trustees on 15 May this year, prompting a period of consultation in June and July.

But the firm has now withdrawn the application, according to the local authority, East Suffolk Council.

Plans for the Orwell Green Garden Village on land to the south east of Ipswich entailed the construction of "sustainable mixed-use residential-led development that takes advantage of its countryside context and landscape setting", according to the design and access statement. 

The scheme would have been located between Ipswich and the town of Trimley, "immediately adjacent to the A12 to the east, and A14 to the south", the statement said. 

Some 33 per cent of the proposed homes would have been affordable housing. There would also have been a "mixed-use neighbourhood centre" including retail, offices, health care, a community hall and leisure facilities.

Further proposed elements included 70 apartments of "extra care provision", land for two new primary schools, a village green, sports pitches, a club house and a community park. 

Commenting on the withdrawal, councillor David Ritchie, East Suffolk Council's cabinet member for planning and coastal management, said: "The council has clearly expressed to the applicants that this unplanned proposal is not needed and not in accordance with the current development plan or the emerging local plan for the former Suffolk Coastal area.

"The council was in the process of preparing a report for the 9 September strategic planning committee, recommending refusal of the application."

Yesterday, Planning reported that Gladman had pulled out of a smaller residential-led development in Cheshire, after local planners recommended that the scheme be refused.

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