SAVE GAINSBOROUGH COUNTRY

Action Group

(Great Cornard and Sudbury individuals including resident representatives for Carsons/De Greys/Kempson/Parmenter/Lazell/Mallard/Chaplin/Sheepshead Hill/Walsingham/Pot Kiln/Canhams/Blackhouse)

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

15th February 2006

 

SUB-STANDARD ROAD

 

 

SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL HIGHWAYS VIEW – MAJOR ROAD CHANGE NEEDED FOR CARSONS DRIVE DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Alan Newman, Development Environment and Transport Directorate Suffolk County Council Highways (Fellow and past President of Institute and Highway Incorporated Engineers  - 30+ years of experience of development control matters) on the subject of this development commented in his report “will generate 1570 trips per day…the junction of the C732 and A134 is seriously sub-standard both in visibility and layout terms it does not approach the recommended standards…There can be no doubt that by its very location considerable additional traffic use will be made of the C732, it cannot be allowed to remain in its present condition.”

 

The multi-million pound road improvement needed in order to accommodate this 170 house development would need to be secured by a S106 agreement before the development is approved.  It would involve widening the road by 30%+ from its current approximate 4.2 metre width to 5.5 metres throughout.  In the process destroying a traditional Suffolk “loke” (road hollow way) and other significant countryside features, including protected wildlife habitation.

 

Stefan Kosciuszko, Chairman of SGCAG commented.  “The country lane that connects Great Cornard to the A134 must not be urbanised in this fashion.  This proves this proposed site is totally unsustainable.” He added.

 

“I find it difficult to understand why the Inspector in consideration of this site ignored this highly experienced professional’s view.  This will require a major road project dramatically altering the shape and amenity of the beautiful countryside in this SLA area beyond recognition.”

 

 

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For further information on SGCAG please contact Stefan Kosciuszko on 07811-286539 or visit www.cornard.info

 

To join the Friends of SAVE GAINSBOROUGH COUNTRY Action Group please send an e-mail to stefan.kosciuszko@btinternet.com including your name and address.

 

To object to this development during the Public Consultation period concluding at the end of February please contact the above for objection forms and a fact sheet, or visit www.babergh-south-suffolk.gov.uk

 

 

RELEVANT OBJECTION NUMBERS ARE

 

3/59 for the Housing Development

6/5 for the Special Landscape Area

 

 

ACT NOW - SAVE GAINSBOROUGH COUNTRY

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

 SAVE GAINSBOROUGH COUNTRY Action Group (SGCAG) and Friends of SGCAG launched

 

 

Residents of Great Cornard and Sudbury have formed an Action Group in order to stop a proposed 170 home development concreting over the beautiful Stour Valley slopes above Carsons Drive and below Grade I listed Abbas Hall.

 

The campaign will seek to reject the proposed Stour Valley housing development on land above Carsons Drive in Great Cornard and also in a linked matter the emasculation of Policy CR05 covering “strict control of development” in Special Landscape Areas throughout Babergh District, both of which have been proposed as recommendations by the Inspector in his recent assessment of the Babergh District Council Local Plan.

 

This land area was designated a Special Landscape Area (SLA) under the (BDC) Local Plan following a BDC Landscape Quality Assessment.

 

“The Special Landscape Area designation for this part of Great Cornard has been rigorously assessed and its inclusion in the Babergh Local Plan Alteration No 2 Second Draft is justified”

 

 “The area identified for Special Landscape Area designation closely reflects the overall context of the Stour Valley, and includes woodland and valley features, and the historic setting of Abbas Hall”

 

(Babergh District Council  Official Papers- Public Inquiry Proof of Evidence)

 

It incorporates historic National Heritage views across the beautiful Stour Valley which include the location of Gainsborough’s most famous paintings “A View of Cornard Wood” hanging in the National Gallery, and “Mr. & Mrs. Andrews.”

 

David Dimbleby, world renowned broadcaster has voiced his objection to the proposed development concreting over this beautiful area and has joined as a Vice President of the Friends of SGCAG.

 

Recently he presented BBC One’s major art programme in Summer 2005 entitled “A Picture of Britain”, exploring how the British landscape has inspired artists for 300 years and how these artists have come to define how we view the landscape. It is in this context that he visited “England’s best kept secret”, the Stour Valley forming the border between Essex and Suffolk, unique in the world in linking historic national heritage views painted by Gainsborough and Constable.

 

The proposed 170 home development is at the exact transection of two of Gainsborough’s most famous views and would concrete over the beautiful Stour Valley slopes above Carson’s Drive and below Grade I listed Abbas Hall. This is precisely where David Dimbleby filmed his BBC1 programme and would desecrate an area used in Gainsborough’s painting “Cornard Wood”, hanging in the National Gallery, and used as the frontispiece for his excellent book on the series.

 

Stefan Kosciuszko of Abbas Hall and Michael Evans, Chairman of the Cornard Tye Residents Association have been appointed Chairman and Secretary & Treasurer respectively at a preparatory meeting of the SGCAG convened on Saturday 7th January. Other officers for the Group include Clive Golding, Fundraising and Tony Harman, Communications. Evidence of strong popular support is further clear in how quickly resident representatives have been appointed for a majority of the streets in Great Cornard South that will be immediately impacted by the development.

 

A number of organisations including the Sudbury Society (Chairman, David Burnett), The Suffolk Preservation Society (Director, Richard Ward) and the Colne Stour Countryside Association (Chairman, Simon Ward) have already expressed their strongest possible opposition to this proposal, prior to the commencement of the Public Consultation period on the Local Plan on the 18th January 2006.

 

Popular public support is further clear when immediately upon launch of the Friends of SGCAG 215 people signed up to the Mission Statement as follows:

 

“Action Group formed to reject the 170 home development concreting over the lower slopes of the Stour Valley at Carson’s Drive, Great Cornard and the emasculation of Policy CR05 covering “strict control of development” in special landscape areas throughout Babergh District”

 

Membership of the Friends of SGCAG now exceeds 1500 individuals and continues to grow rapidly, becoming a national campaign.