SAVE GAINSBOROUGH COUNTRY
20th MARCH 2006
ENGLISH HERITAGE OBJECT TO CARSONS DRIVE DEVELOPMENT
AND ASK FOR IT TO BE DELETED FROM THE LOCAL PLAN.
English Heritage have lodged their objection to the Carsons Drive development because it could have a significant detrimental impact on the historic environment.
The development would significantly change the wider landscape setting of Abbas Hall a Grade 1 late 13th Century aisled hall house, one of only two known survivals in Suffolk. The significance of this house and its setting is increased because of the association with Gainsborough. They support the original Special Landscape Area designation.
They also state that any proposed widening of the C732 would impact on the ancient holloway and is undesirable in historic landscape and archaeological terms.
They advise that a full archaeological evaluation should precede any planning decision, in accordance with Government guidelines.
Stefan Kosciuszko, Chairman of the Action Group says,’ English Heritage are the acknowledged experts regarding the landscape settings of listed properties and now Babergh must sit up and listen. The huge local support for the rejection of this site together with the accumulated adverse expert evidence must lead to only one conclusion, namely that this development must be deleted from the Local Plan.’