now in the Local Plan
The saga of
the supermarket continues. Saga being the right word, remembering that the
first store in what is now Buyright was Saga, a DIY company from the north who
sold out to Tesco (who created the Buyright name and in turn sold it to QD
using the Local Plan revision process to try to have the Brett works site
allocated for retail development. This has led to much manoeuvring including
the recent fiasco when the planning department promoted Magdalen Road as a
supermarket site, with all the unnecessary worry to residents.
decision-making Council meeting approached we became quite busy and in the
last week have written to all the Babergh Councillors emphasising some of the
‘inconsistencies’ in the papers produced by the planning officers. They
advised the Councillors on the perceived need to put a site for a supermarket
in the Amended District Plan, and recommended that this should be the Brett
Council’s Strategy Group accepted the officers’ view and recommended that
the Brett Works should be put in the Plan.
However, the full council met on the 28th
February and after much discussion rejected the Brett Works site but agreed to
include the Buyright site in the Second Deposit Draft of the Local Plan.
To clarify some of the procedural matters relating to
the Local Plan revision we had previously written to Mr Hammond, a
Corporate Director at Babergh. We were particularly concerned about some
misleading reports in the press. He has been most helpful in clarifying the
In order that you will all be familiar with the process
here is an extract from his letter received in early February:
I can confirm that in the
first deposit draft of Alteration No 2 of the Babergh Local Plan, no
allocation of land for retailing purposes was made in Hadleigh. Tesco and
others, including Buyright, objected to this and asked that provision for new
retail use be allocated. In addition, the Government Officer for the East of
England and Suffolk County Council both made representations that our shopping
policies did not appear to be backed up by a proper needs assessment. This we
have remedied through commissioning independent consultants to review shopping
needs across the whole District.
The objections to the
first deposit draft of the Local Plan (including Tesco’s and Buyright’s
objections) and the result of the work of our retail consultants will be
reported to Babergh’s Strategy Committee on 13th February 2003.
It will be for the full
Council to decide what is included in the second deposit draft Local Plan.
Following the Council’s
decision, the second deposit draft of Alteration No. 2 of the Local Plan will
be made available for public comment. This is likely to be for six weeks from
12th May 2003. During the public consultation period Babergh will host a
number of road shows. The aim of the road shows will be to advise the public
and town and parish councils on the proposals contained in the draft Local
Plan. In addition the road shows will provide advice on how the public/local
organisations can make representations on the proposals. At that stage the
Hadleigh Society would be able to object to any revisions to the plan which it
disagreed with. Such objections would also be eligible to be heard at the
Public Inquiry. Hence Babergh’s aim is to ensure that the views of local
people can be heard at the Local Plan Public Inquiry.
We understand that the Inquiry into the Amended Plan
will take place in March 2004 with the plan finally implemented in 2005. So
there is still a long way to go and of course in the middle of this there are
elections for the District Council, so there could be different councillors
considering the situation.
The current Tesco documentation, asking Babergh to
include their site in the plan, tells the councillors that there has been a
decline in the shopping in Hadleigh, that there are more empty properties and
80% of the trade goes out of town. Babergh’s new Consultants’ capacity
study however tells us that there is a high occupation ratio, (the national
vacancy rate is 8.5% and Hadleigh’s is 3.3%) and that 38% of the food
shopping is retained in the Town. They say that the town is in a good state of
economic health and its strength is due to the small food and other specialist
Tesco, at the Inquiry, claimed that their arrival in
town would bring other national retailers into the town but the current
Babergh retail Capacity Study reports that Multiples are unlikely to be
attracted to the town because of its small size.
Adding to the complications, we are also in the middle
of a government review of planning law that is likely to replace Local Plans
with Local Development Frameworks. It is thought that the government may bring
in an interim arrangement to enable Local Plan reviews already started to be
We hope that this brings you up to date.
Sorry if it seems complicated: it is.
We hope for a bit of a lull from now until May but
there is still a long way to go and we are sure that Tesco will not give up
However the score so far is
nearly became a view of a car park
Mark Tavernor, Horticultural Services Manager at
Babergh District Council, will be speaking about the open spaces for which
Babergh is responsible, including the riverside and railway walks.
Babergh District Council also actively supports the Anglia in Bloom
competition, so he will also be bringing Jo Seymour, a member of the Sudbury
in Bloom committee who will outline some of the aspects which makes a town
an In Bloom success and the advantages it can bring to a community.
Come to Hadleigh Old Town Hall on Wednesday 19th March at 8pm to hear more.
In our previous newsletter
John Bloomfield introduced the topic of Hadleigh Names. Sue Andrews has sent us some more Hadleigh names, this
time given ones from the seventeenth century. Many reflect the custom of using the mother's maiden name as
the child's first name.
Last week at Exeter Mr James Richards, cooper, aged 22
to Miss Stone, a blooming damsel of 72. The tender bride was
conveyed to the church in a sedan chair, the better to conceal her maiden
blushes from them prying eye of curiosity.
Journal Jan 31st 1818
Married at Raydon after a courtship of twenty years Mr
Martin Tricker, merchant, and Miss Rachel Scarf of the above place.
Journal March 1825
Nominations are invited from any member of the Hadleigh
Society for an award to be made in recognition of 'Outstanding improvements
to, or conservation of, Hadleigh's buildings or environment'
In deciding to make an award the Society's Executive
Committee and any expert they may wish to consult, will be considering how
sympathetic the work is with its surroundings and how well it integrates with
them. They will expect all work
to display a high quality of workmanship and to be an example of good
Nominations should include details of the improvement
made or of work carried out and should be sent to reach the Hon. Secretary,
The Hadleigh Society c/o 134 Benton Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk, IP7 5AZ, by 1st
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We’ve lost our Treasurer.
Misfortune, you might say. Indeed,
Lady Bracknell might have considered it careless, given the length of time
since the previous incumbent left that office. Again, our treasurer has moved
away, and in this case overseas.
John O’Brien had been planning to move for some while
and the ideal property finally came up in Northern Ireland. On behalf of the
Society we wish John and Barbara the very best for their life there, knowing
they will be warmly welcomed in those parts. John promises to keep up with
Hadleigh Society news through the website.
Chris Drake has agreed to step into the breach.
We are very grateful to John for his work in that office, and to Chris
for picking it up so readily.
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