A request for land near the Culina warehouse to be reallocated from employment use to residential was met with opposition from St Edmundsbury Council planning officers.
Carisbrooke Investments want the status of the land altered so it can build 200 houses there.
Paul Sutton, for Carisbrooke, told the Vision 2031 inquiry on Thursday (Feb 6): “We feel that its within cycling distance of the town centre, it is on a bus route and has footpath links and the site could be seen as sustainable. To the north it does join an existing residential development.”
Chris Rand, planning officer for the borough council, said: “We have serious reservations regarding its location as being suitable for residential development.
“This site is surrounded by unencumbered general industrial use. To the direct west there are chemical works, to the north there are steel stockholders, it’s quite a noisy process.
“Immediately adjacent is Culina, which is a 24 hours a day business. The site is somewhat removed from any facilities other than employment.”