Planning application for 98 houses in Bures rejected, however Gladman have lodged an appeal..
On the 19th June 2018, the Braintree Planning Committee unanimously rejected the planning application from Gladman for 98 houses along Colchester Road, Bures.
Gladman have now lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate and there is to be a public enquiry.
The application site, currently productive arable land, is outside the Village Envelope and is considered sensitive by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (Essex), the Dedham Vale Society, and the Colne-Stour Countryside Association who believe that a successful application will seriously damage the chances of extending the Dedham Vale AONB along the Stour Valley to include Bures, Lamarsh and onwards to Sudbury. The area is deemed to be of national importance as it unites the areas made famous by the artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough.
The two Bures Parish Councils will be opposing this and the CSCA will be supporting the councils. We have until 19th September to submit evidence.
Many local residents have expressed concern regarding the scale of the proposal, and the additional strain that such a development would place on the village infrastructure. If you would like to support the campaign against this development there is a petition.
If you wish to submit comments on this planning appeal you can do so at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk using reference APP/Z1510/W/18/3207509
Bures St. Mary and Bures Hamlet villages have set up an informative website with details of the revised plan, press reports, and Gladman’s publicity drive to win over residents.