Council seeks to clarify stance over Bury St Edmunds Leg of Mutton site

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Council leaders havemoved to clarify their stance surrounding the future use of the Leg of Mutton site, in Bury St Edmunds.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council previously indicated it would object to a planning inspector’s recommendations to preserve the land, near Rougham Road, as ‘amenity public open space for informal outdoor recreation’.

However, after concerns by campaigners including the Bury Water Meadows Group, which wants to buy the site to keep it for public open access, the authority has clarified that it supports ‘informal recreation’ use. Cllr Terry Clements said they were asking the inspector to define what that term meant and ‘how the costs of establishing and running this community aspiration could be achieved’.

The council is also seeking clarification after the inspector removed plans for an access road from Compiegne Way to Ram Meadow. It has argued an access road would be possible.

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