The Southwold Railway Trust is naturally disappointed that Suffolk Coastal’s planning committee refused the application for a Southwold Railway Heritage Centre at Wenhaston last Wednesday, 5th December.  However, we are much encouraged by the close vote – 5 to 3 – and also the emergence during the committee discussion that there was enthusiasm for a restoration of the Southwold Railway with track running through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Of 504 miles of heritage railway in the UK, 326 run successfully through AONBs.  Effect on the AONB was one of six reasons given for refusal, as was the risk of flooding.  The Environment Agency withdrew its objections based upon flood risk, and the Trust believes that positive answers and solutions can be provided in respect of all the objections to our proposals.  This being the case, we have decided to appeal to the Secretary of State against the planning decision.  At the same time we will make a reapplication for a smaller project for the site, taking note of the comments made by objectors and by our many supporters.

3 thoughts on “Planning Application rejected

  • 25th December 2012 at 3:52 pm
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    I’m as disappointed with Suffolk council as you are SRT, but since re-instating the railway for even half a mile isn’t working – have you considered a demonstration line outside a museum on the site of Wenhaston; like at the museum of science and industry? Or even a demonstration line outside Southwold museum?
    Just a suggestion all the same but something to think about…

    • 10th February 2013 at 10:00 am
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      Nothing quite so drastic! The Trustees are in the throes of addressing the various points upon which the application was not approved, and we get a ‘free’ re-submission in due course anyway. That way we might be more successful 2nd time around!

  • 23rd February 2013 at 8:38 am
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    A disappointing outcome given the hard work which has gone into the submission and the rejection of the (three?) previous proposals. I’m finding the BBC1 programme about Planners particularly enlightening at the moment – gives an insight into the machinations of local authorities and the way planning decisions are made. Best of luck with the appeal – from the experiences shown in the programme it would seem that, provided the issues covered by objections are addressed, resubmissions are often successful. Fingers crossed.

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