Howard Singh and David Howes met with Ian Poole the Planning Policy and Specialist Services Manager at the Council Offices in Bury St Edmunds this morning.

Ian kindly set out St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s planning policy for the Erskine Lodge site. They can’t really comment on plans for both the Erskine Lodge and Fenton’s Farm proposals as no formal planning application has been submitted. However, they confirmed that the Fenton’s Farm site is earmarked for the development of 10 homes in the Vision 2031 document. Of course, a developer is free to submit plans for whatever amount of houses they like but it would be unlikely (in my opinion – David Howes) that plans for anything larger than 10 properties would be approved.

With regards to Erskine Lodge all they can do is point out the planning proceedure which is as follows:

Erskine Lodge Development Process
This site is identified in the local plan (Rural Vision 2031) for redevelopment as a mixture of affordable and market houses. St Edmundsbury Borough Council requires a development brief for the site to be prepared by the developers before planning applications are decided upon.
A development brief provides guidance on the nature and location of development having regard to the site’s location and building constraints. Rural Vision 2031 states that the development brief should address:
the amount of land available for development, location of uses, access arrangements, design and landscaping; and the mix of affordable and market housing.
Development proposals should respect the character of the local area and strategic landscaping and open space must be provided to address the requirements of the site and its location.
Development briefs do not contain all the details of a proposal but provide a framework by which future planning applications can be assessed.
The draft development brief has to be consulted on by the developers for a minimum of four weeks. It provides an opportunity for anyone to make comments to the developer on their proposals. Once consultation is complete, the developer makes any necessary changes to the brief before submitting it to the Borough Council for approval. At the same time, the developer must submit copies of all written comments received during the consultation period and a report that indicates how the developer has responded to those comments.
At this time the Council will decide whether the brief complies with planning policies and adequately addresses the particular site issues and constraints in order that it can be approved as planning guidance.
There will be further consultation on planning applications for the site as and when they are submitted to the Council.
Planning and Regulatory Services
September 2014