Inspector gives green light to housing development and new doctor’s surgery

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017

A scheme to build 25 homes and a new doctor’s surgery in Great Bentley has been given the green light by a Government Inspector.

The outline planning application for Hills Building Group for land in Heckfords Road was originally refused by Tendring District Council (TDC) earlier this year.

Stephen Williams appealed the decision on behalf of the company in a bid to get the Council’s decision overturned and has been successful.

The proposal includes associated infrastructure and landscaping with part of the site transferred to the surgery for its potential expansion.

Great Bentley Parish Council supported the application as it felt that the benefit to the community of the health facility was worth it not opposing the plans.

Inspector Cullum Parker said that the council could not demonstrate a five year supply and so there would be a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

“There appears to be little of any substance as to why the proposal would be an unsustainable development beyond the fact that it does not lie within the settlement boundary,” he said.

“In the absence of any identifiable harm in this case I find that the proposal would accord with the development plan.

“Having taken all raised into account I conclude the appeal should be allowed.”

TDC was concerned that Great Bentley has already seen a high level of growth with around a 35 per cent increase in homes.

The worry was that the further development would add to the strain on traffic and services.

The 25 homes in Heckfords Road are to be built on exposed agricultural land and are basically an extension to a site for 50 properties at Admirals farm which already has planning consent.

Last updated on: 08/11/2017 - 16:54