NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 1989
HADLEIGH THROUGH THE AGES
The Government Inspector Mr. Cohn A. J. Jacobs FICE., FRICS., FRTPI., submitted his
Report on the Public Inquiry held in Hadleigh between the 7th and 30th March for the
consideration of the District Council towards the end of September 1989. The Report makes
10 recommended modifications to the original Plan for the Babergh District none directly
relating to Hadleigh.
Some minor modifications put forward by Council Officers relating to powers for
insisting on lower housing density,restrictions on Barn conversions and the limiting of
developments to land designated in the Plan only were also put up for consideration.
The Planning Committee met on the 3rd October 1989 and accepted the Report.
The sixty-two page Report plus Appendices includes 356 representations - 180 in respect
of Housing Policy:
||Supported the plan
||Objections were withdrawn
||Cases reached agreement
||Representations were dealt with in the Report (138 were heard at the Public Inquiry
and the remaining 109 were reviewed on written information - including that submitted by
the Hadleigh Society)
||"In the Hadleigh area it was hoped that
about 54% of new dwellings could be located within the Town. About 35 in the town centre
area and elsewhere in locations outside and around the town centre and conservation area.
The balance of 46% would be primarily located in four villages."
|Hadleigh Town Centre
||There were quite a few
representations in respect of the Hadleigh Town Centre each raising several points.
||The representations of the Hadleigh
Society, prepared by Douglas Wood FRICS and Noel Turner FRICS are succinctly set out (in
their written submission). The concerns of The Society have been mirrored by the
individual objectors: Traffic, the need for more and better routes, a one way system in
the High Street, a relief road for Benton Street, weight restrictions, road improvement
Pond Hall Road, planning gain from developers could finance highway improvements. On
specific objections the Society suggests:
||Church Street to be subject to limited access.
Overall pedestrian plan to be developed
||Shop scheme at temporary Post Office site
||Due to premium on town centre space, parking
space be omitted. Garages by undercrofts
||Plan for future community facilities
|Para. 2.267 to para. 2.271
||dealt with evidence prepared by Mr M. Jeanes,
Suffolk County Council Group Engineer (fraffic Engineering), Suffolk Highways Department
and Mr S. Brown on behalf of Babergh District Council in response.
||Most of the objectors are long term, even
lifetime residents, their objections being founded on insight and understanding, they are
anxious for the future of this very attractive town. Concern is repeated on a number of
issues. As with most town plans, traffic is the greatest problem. When towns are
environmentally damaged by excess traffic the responsibility lies with the Highway
authority. Unfortunately priorities in fransport Policies and Programmes seldom recognise
this. As with Sudbury, the highway input in town centre terms, lacks the urgency and
inventiveness of the Plan as a whole. Otherwise, it is clear that the District Council
proposes to implement the policies sensitively and with care.
||Whilst, in the main, I am supportive of the
objections, the evidence for the Council fully vindicates the efficacy of the present
policies. A next step, perhaps a local Action Area Plan, might involve townspeople in the
detail of achievement. Living for ashort while in the main street of this lovely town, I
found traffic, particularly heavy vehicular movements does, as Sq. Leader Bloomfield
suggests, vibrate through the fabric of the buildings. Involving the County Council in
traffic relief (not a one way system which might increase movements), at the earliest
moment, needs to be regarded as a priority, and a way forward which is not possible by a
modification to the Plan.
||In regard to each and all of the (listed)
objections, I recommend no modification to the Plan.
Subject to any objections made to the modifications recommended by the inspector and
others the 'Babergh Local Plan' for the 1990's is expected to be adopted by the District
Council early next year.
We were pleased to hear from a 'fairly reliable source'that the publishers* of our
Presidents delightful and authoritive book 'Hadleigh through the Ages' are about to
reprint it for yet a third time.
The book, of course, tells the story with illustrations of Hadleigh as a Viking Royal
Town, Mediaeval Wool Centre, Chartered Borough and Archbishop's Peculiar. It is hoped
copies will be with booksellers in time for the Christmas rush - so don't delay order
*Printed and published by East Anglian Magazine Ltd., 6 Great Colman Street Ipswich