The Planning Inquiry sat for six days in the Community Centre from 11 September to 19 September to hear MS Oakes Ltd’s appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the proposed development for 43 new homes in the clay pit at the old Brickworks off Saxmundham Road. The Aldeburgh Town Council, supported by the Aldeburgh Society, were represented by planning consultant Neil Ward and leading counsel. Society members and other local residents were out in force to hear the arguments put by all sides and Suffolk Coastal District Council put up a strong case in defence of its decision to refuse planning permission. The decision is expected before Christmas. A big thank you to those who contributed to the cost of our representation.
More information on our dedicated page.
East Anglia Two and One North Offshore Wind Farm’s Public Consultation Exercise: an additional phase of consultation has been added.
The Aldeburgh Society and others strongly objected to the proposal to site the substation to support these windfarms inland away from the coast and to the choice of Zone 7 (Friston) in particular. It seems that the campaign to oppose the siting of the substation at Friston has had some effect as Scottish Power have announced that they are to run an additional Phase of Consultation ‘Phase 3.5’. SPR have announced inclusion of EDF land to the west of the Sizewell Power station, as an alternative location for onshore development of substations/grid connections. Phase 3.5 Consultation will run from the 29th September to 29th October. SPR have released an amended SoCC (Statement of Community Consultation) to reflect the ‘alternative option’ land.A series of public meetings will take place in October to provide more details and opportunity for community/stakeholder engagement.
Check out the update HERE.
And the Society's response from August HERE.
The Aldeburgh Society’s response to the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan Consultation can be accessed here:
The Society was broadly supportive of the draft Local Plan but was concerned about the need for affordable housing and anxious that the Council adhere to its policy of not permitting change of use from retail/commercial to residential in the hope that Aldeburgh not become completely populated by second homes/ rental properties. The Society was also clear that the Garret Era Area protections in the existing plan needed to be maintained.
East Suffolk District Council: Draft recommendations on the new electoral arrangements
The Aldeburgh Society has responded to the Boundary Commission's draft recommendations which follow the merger of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal District Councils and conclude that Aldeburgh should become part of a ward known as Sandlings to include Snape, Friston, Iken, Sudbourne, Orford and Gedgrave and be represented by one councillor.
The Aldeburgh Society believes this proposal and the knock on effects it would create will be damaging for Aldeburgh and should be rejected.The Aldeburgh Society calls for the creation of a three member ward including Leiston and surrounding communities.
See a copy of our response HERE.
East Anglia Two and One North Offshore Wind Farm’s Public Consultation Exercise
Phase 3 Site Selection ended on 28 August.
The Aldeburgh Society has strongly objected to the present proposals to site the substation to support these windfarms inland away from the coast and to the choice of Zone 7 (Friston) in particular. As we said in our response to the earlier consultation, our focus is on the effect of your plans on the AONB in which Aldeburgh lies and we believe that the present proposals will severely damage the AONB and must be resisted at all costs. We also most strongly support the objections raised by the Friston community to be found at SASES.org.uk website particularly with respect to the height of the proposed installations and their impact on an existing rural community. The society's response is available HERE.
Scottish Power Renewables: East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two wind farm projects. If you missed the information days, see their website for information about these important projects.
Community Consultation Phase 3 is now underway until 28th August. Details of linked events can be found here.
The Aldeburgh Society has responded to the initial consultation. A copy of our response email is available on request: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the development of 43 houses at Brickfield Barns, Saxmundham Road, Suffolk. The result of this will be determined by Public Inquiry, to be held on 11 September 2018. The Society opposes the application; information on why, how to support us, and progress reports, can be found on our dedicated page.
Our Spring Party on the 18th May was a great evening; tickets sold out and a fabulous time was had by all. Thanks to the Red House for hosting us, to Rosa for helping out once again, and to Mel at the Aldeburgh Café for some truly wonderful canapés.
Special thanks go to the guides at the Red House who kindly took members on informal tours around the house.
A copy of the original letter to founding members of the Aldeburgh Society, which Sarah Bardwell read at the party, can be read here.
This series was among our most well-attended yet. The 2018/19 diary is currently in preparation; look at our Diary page for more information. Suggestions for speakers are warmly welcomed and can be communicated via our contact page.