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Plans dropped for housing in Haverhill and Stoke by Clare

Fred Cuthbert at home in his garden in Stoke by Clare. ANL-140317-142031005

Fred Cuthbert at home in his garden in Stoke by Clare. ANL-140317-142031005

 

Residents who would have seen their lives detrimentally affected by plans to build new homes on their doorsteps are celebrating after the plans were withdrawn.

After receiving a hostile reception to their development plans in Norton Road and Orford Road in Haverhill and Church Park in Stoke by Clare, Havebury Housing Partnership has opted to withdraw the plans for all three sites.

The social housing provider had proposed to knock down 15 garages in Orford Road and build seven one-bedroom flats with 15 garages beneath.

It also proposed to demolish 24 garages and build eight homes in Norton Road and to build two houses on a plot of land at the rear of a house in Church Park - land used by Fred Cuthbert as a garden for 63 years.

Paul Edwards, director of resources at Havebury Housing said: “We need to take some time to work through our proposals for Norton Road and Orford Road and consider other options for providing much needed affordable homes in Haverhill.

“We have therefore taken the decision to withdraw the plans from the application process and do not have any immediate intention to resubmit them.

“We will continue to work with residents and other agencies regarding the parking issues in the area whilst we decide on our next steps.”

On Church Park, he added: “We need to take some time to work through our proposals and consider other options for providing much needed affordable homes in the area.”

Mr Cuthbert is now able to continue using his garden until further notice.

He said: “I think that’s good news for me. They wanted to put two houses on the car park facing my kitchen window, that’s what I don’t want to see happen.

“That’s all wrong isn’t it.”

Havebury is also imminently to demolish the old Haverhill Snooker and Bowl in Chalkstone Way and build 21 new affordable homes.

 

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