Secretary of State Upholds Planning Refusal in Rendlesham

It was confirmed this morning that the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, has turned down the appeal to demolish the Sports Centre and Angel Theatre in Rendlesham for housing.

Reacting to the decision Therese said: "This is absolutely brilliant news for Rendlesham. I was pleased to be able to get the Secretary of State to decide on the appeal and I'm delighted he has now turned it down. One reason for turning down the appeal was the proposed Neighbourhood Plan, which is being voted on, on the 5th march. I encourage residents to back the new vision for Rendlesham."

"This decision emphasises the importance the Government places on the neighbourhood planning process in giving local communities the tools to shape the place where they live and work."