The “reserved matters submission is not yet complete although sufficient information was submitted at end October 2016 for the outline application approved by the then secretary of state to remain in effect.
Mid Suffolk are still waiting for the new environmental impact statement and May is now the likely date for submission of final details. A decision should follow in August after a consultation period extended to recognise the complexity of the development and the demands that puts on Parish councils.
MSDC is pressing ahead with its plans to “de-shelter” parts of its sheltered housing that it finds difficult to let due to their rural locations and will be charging residents for all costs associated with sheltered schemes in any way. However, I hope I have helped to persuade it that in Cherryfields changes will only occur when tenants change.
No real consideration appears to be given to the financial and social benefits that occur if people move to accommodation focused on their needs and release larger houses to families. Availability of sheltered accommodation may also delay the need to move to much more expensive care homes and ease load on the NHS by allowing people to move from hospital to a supported environment.
MSDC planners briefed parishes on the reserved matters process and the Parishes are deciding at what level they need to be involved. Extended consultation times will make it easier to the work required and gain local views.
I need to arrange for a discussion with the county highways planners so that the parishes can discover just what will be done to ensure traffic issues remain acceptable with this development on top of all the recent proposals.