Group’s concerns for town beauty spot remain

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A campaign group is continuing to voice concerns about revised plans for a Bury St Edmunds beauty spot.

The Water Meadows Group fears that a ‘very inappropriate building’ could emerge from St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s proposals for the Leg of Mutton site.

The authority recently redrafted its policy for the area to ensure ‘only the absolute minimum of leisure associated development will be considered to enable landscape conservation and public access’.

Any buildings would adjoin Rougham Road.

The move is part of its final draft of the Vision 2031 blueprint for growth.

However, Andrew Hinchley, chairman of the Water Meadows Group, said they were hoping for ‘more specific conditions and constraints that aren’t there’.

He said: “The real issue is around the building. A very inappropriate building could emerge. Developers being developers will go as far as they can to maximise development.”

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Council said: “The level of detail the group is seeking is not appropriate for inclusion in the Vision 2031 document but the policy does require that a development brief is prepared before planning applications are determined.”

A development brief would address specifics and be subject to consultation.