Tied planning vote problems - Cllr Rowland Warboys

10 August 2020

Rowland Warboys, Green councillor for Gislingham, said the bacon factory plans were taking development in Elmswell “one step too far”.

He said:

“If we voted to support this application, we would be voting against our own planning policies.

“The plans would expand Elmswell further than what is being strategically planned for. I don’t think Highways, nor Suffolk County Council’s education department, have come up with convincing outcomes for future travel.

“It is going to be a congested junction, and the proposals would take it even further.

In the council’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan, the area’s existing primary school would be expanded to 420 places, while a new school of the same size would also be built in Woolpit – at a combined cost of £5million.

The same application had been refused unanimously in February, and after a tied vote, and legal advice, the committee chair declined to use her casting vote.



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