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Mid Suffolk District Council hopes to demonstrate five-year land supply by March

A Suffolk council facing the prospect of having to approve speculative developments could be in a position to demonstrate its five-year land supply by March.

A decision by Mid Suffolk District Council to refuse planning permission for 49 homes in Woolpit was overturned at appeal by the Planning Inspectorate, after it ruled the council could not demonstrate a five-year land supply.

It meant its policies were considered out of date and the planning committee has to look more favourably on applications.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (6707119)
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (6707119)

It led to fears speculative developers could try to take advantage of the situation with unsuitable applications.

On Thursday, Mid Suffolk launched a six-week public consultation on its latest housing supply statement.

If no concerns or challenges are made, the council could be in a position to demonstrate it has a five-year land supply by the end of March, meaning speculative applications could be dismissed.

Cllr Glen Horn, Conservative cabinet member for planning, said: “We are pleased to say we now believe we can demonstrate a 5.32-year land supply.

“Now we want to test that figure. We are inviting everyone to look at our evidence.”

Cllr Andrew Stringer, of the opposition Green group, said: “For many communities this statement will be cold comfort.

“Had this work been carried out five years ago Mid Suffolk’s residents would have had their future housing properly planned.”

Go to www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/housing-delivery to see the statement.

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