Planning Green Paper
government intends to make major changes to the planning process and published
a ‘Green Paper’ outlining its proposals.
were invited from all interested parties so your Executive Committee met to
consider its views. A working
party made a very detailed study of the document and prepared a document to
present and illustrate the Society’s response, based on its experience of
recent planning cases.
we outline the proposal, followed in italics by a brief indication of
Replace local plans and Unitary Development
Plans with a Local Development Framework to include community-based action
plans - Our involvement in the
Hadleigh Traffic Management and Environment Working Group has shown how joint
council/community working can lead to sensible compromises.
Community involvement in the preparation of the
Local Development Framework and in significant planning decisions - Community Advocacy and Planning Aid could help significantly when the
community is opposing a large or ‘moneyed’ developer, particularly where
the community disagrees with the
planning officers advice; once a final decision has been made on an
application, that takes into
account the community’s views further
similar applications should not be allowed
Simplify the hierarchy of plans by
strengthening regional planning and abolishing county structure plans –
the recent proposal for a waste material
crushing plant was rejected following a site inspection; a more distant
planning authority might have been less likely to make the journey.
Reduce the volume and complexity of planning
guidance – guidance was conflicting in the Supermarket case
Speed up the planning system and setting new
targets for local authorities and government for dealing with applications and
appeals – there must be enough time to study a complex proposal which
will have taken a long time to prepare
Business planning zones – small businesses
can change significantly to the point where they are no longer acceptable
Prevent twin tracking and repeated applications
– we welcome developers no longer being able to wear down the opposition
of the document were also sent to those in the local authorities who are most
concerned with planning. We were
pleased to receive an especially complimentary response from Babergh District
you wish to see the full document please contact the Chairman.
Chris came to Hadleigh in 1993 when working as
a power engineer for Eastern Electricity brought him from Hertfordshire to
their headquarters at Wherstead, only to be given early retirement less than
four years later!
Although a relative
newcomer to Hadleigh Chris is not far from his roots having started life in
Brightlingsea, Essex, where his father’s family had been oyster fishermen
since time immemorial. With his
maternal grandparents having run the Post Office in Watton, Norfolk, he can
claim a complete East Anglian pedigree.
The career with Eastern
Electricity followed an education at Bungay Grammar School.
During over thirty years he worked in various of their offices and
depots, many of which have since been closed and sold off.
He has been active in
motor sport for many years with the Central Kart Club and also as a Steward
for the Motor Sports Association, and likes to attend the occasional Formula 1
Grand Prix (strictly as a spectator). His
other major hobby is foreign travel since discovering the pleasure of going
somewhere warm in the winter: this year it was Chile, including Easter Island.
Retirement has given the
free time to become involved with local organisations, including being the
secretary of the local branch of a political party, secretary (and a founder
member) of Probus and he is also associated with Neighbourhood Watch.
However he is most active as a volunteer for the Hadleigh Community
Resource Unit based at East House where he works with adults with learning
disabilities, which is a total change from electrical engineering.
local town do you think has the most listed buildings?
are the counts for the top towns in Babergh.
Lavenham has more in the top grades Hadleigh has the most altogether.
Beryl Allen remembers how she knew it as a child
I was born at 3 Long
Bessels in February 1925 (where Hadleigh Food Services is now). My father was
a master baker and we had a small general shop and a pork butcher.
Bread making was very
different in those days, every loaf being individually weighed and kneaded by
hand before being baked. The brick oven was heated by faggots – bought from
Mr Warren at Stack Wood, Polstead – when the wood had burned the ashes were
swept out and the bread put in with the use of a peel – the resulting loaf
had a lovely malty flavoured crust. Delivery was by horse and cart, and later
by hand cart and trade bicycles. There
were four other bakers in the town then: Bloomfields, Budds, Percy and Pryke.
Milk delivery was also
somewhat different – one – Mr Denison’s was by a small hand cart with a
churn resting in the middle and the milk was measured out and put into your
jug – it wasn’t so good if you were the last customer on a very hot day!
However we found ways of keeping milk and butter cool in clay pots.
There were two more milk deliveries, from Mr Prowse and the Co-op.
The High Street boasted
several shops all selling their own particular wares and you could get
everything you needed without having to go outside the town except for large
items such as furniture. One shop stands out in my memory – Beers – where
at one side of the shop ham on the bone was freshly cut to your requirements
– thick medium or thin – and on the other side the aroma of freshly ground
coffee – enough to rouse most taste buds.
There were very few cars
about and the roads were not made up as they are today, and it was not
uncommon for children to play in the street with their tops and wooden or iron
hoops. They also dug a hole in the ground with their heel and smoothed the
ground round about and then were able to play with their marbles.
I found running the
length of Long Bessels quite good training for the school sports day event of
100 yards and running down Long Bessels, along Threadneedle Street and back up
Angel Street to home was a good guide for the mile race. I never had any
difficulty in finding competition for these trials.
The town was lit by gas
lamps and the lamplighter used to go round nightly and attend to these –
imagine gas lamps all along the High Street now!
The doctor’s surgery
was at the back of the Ivies which was adjacent to the cinema – a far cry
from the Health Centre of today.
One event is imprinted
on my memory and that was the homecoming of Sq. Leader Oswald Gayford after
his solo flight to Australia in the early thirties. He arrived at the Railway Station and was driven in an open
topped car along the High Street to his parents’ home at Windsor Cottage in
Angel Street. The streets were
lavishly decorated and every lamp standard festooned with streamers and
flowers. He was our hero and had
a right royal welcome to prove it.
Another familiar sight
was when Georgie White came home and brought his harmonium which he trundled
around the streets and at appointed stopping places he played hymns –
attracting a large number of children all eager to join in – he was rather
like the Pied Piper.
Like most small places
Hadleigh had its fair share of ‘local characters’ – too many to name
here – maybe sometime in the future they can be recalled. In the meantime we
must move with the times and make the changed Hadleigh a friendly place in
which to live.
Timber and Bricks - Local History Week Study Day
On Saturday 11th
May as part of national Local History Week The Hadleigh Society has organised
a study day on Timber and Bricks.
Tickets for the day are £15 which includes coffee and tea. A “ploughman’s” lunch will be available for about £3. Tickets are available from
Glenda Druce, 9 Fullers Close, Hadleigh. Tel. 827242
and at Society meetings. Cheques should be made payable to the Hadleigh Society
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Executive Committee and would like to talk about what is involved then phone the Chairman, Jan Byrne, on 822192, or any other committee member.