OUR COMMENTS ON THE APPLICATION
Babergh District Council only approved Prolog’s application to build two large warehouses on Churchfield Road because the Company was promising to create 500 new jobs in the town. This argument was seen to outweigh the undoubted damage to the setting of Chilton Church and Hall. Strict conditions were set by Babergh in a ‘106’ agreement but since then the Company seems to have changed its position. Re jobs it would now only make ‘ reasonable efforts’ to create them whilst instead of promising to commence work within 24 months of permission it now wants 7 years to build (or not build)so that it is now more of an option on the site rather than a commitment. If built they now want the minimum period they would have to occupy the buildings reduced from 3 years to 18 months. Having created two vast structures they could easily sell them on to an occupier who had no connections or commitment to our area. The Town Council, Our Society and the Suffolk Preservation Society are all now urging Babergh to refuse permission unless the original ‘106’ commitments are adhered to.
BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCIL HAS NOW GIVEN PROLOG THE GO-AHEAD DESPITE THE OBJECTIONS OF THE SOCIETY, THE TOWN COUNCIL, CHILTON PARISH COUNCIL AND THE SUFFOLK PRESERVATION SOCIETY