The decision regarding the planning application for Erskine Lodge that was due to be made on Thursday 3 March by the St Edmundsbury Borough Council Development Control Committee has been deferred .

The deferral was made to allow completion of the outstanding NHS Trust consultation, and so that committee members have adequate time to review  recent submissions made by Great and Little Whelnetham Parish Council and local residents. The application will be re-submitted for determination on a date (yet to be confirmed) after the 11th March.

The  deferral means that there is a potential further window of time in which to lodge objections to these proposals. Parish Council meetings to consider this planning application over recent months have been well attended by the public with many residents expressing concern about the scale, design and traffic impact of the proposals. However, to date, only five local households have lodged written objections with the planning authority. The applicant has also highlighted  as part of this application that 95% of households contacted chose not to make any formal response to the underlying development brief consultation.

If you have concerns about the proposals, please put these in writing to the local planning authority before 11th March 2016.   The planning authority will not consider objections you may have made in the past regarding the development brief, the development plan or other housing proposals on this or other development sites.  If you object to this planning application it is important that you register your objection with St Eds, as they will not be aware of any objections which you may have made in the past. The Parish Council objection to the proposals will be strengthened if St Eds and its Councillors are left in no doubt about the strength of local opposition to this development.

Please take the time to put your views in writing to the case officer, Gareth Durrant (quoting application reference DC/15/2277/HYB) either by letter or by email (contact details below) before 11th March 2016.

St Eds BC Planning Department

West Suffolk House

Western Way

Bury St Edmunds IP33 3SP