Plans to build up to 200 new homes on land currently saved for industrial use have won the backing of Haverhill Town Council.
The council, which does give planning permission but does offer an opinion to decision-makers St Edmundsbury, first heard of the plans in October before an outline application was made at the end of last year, which is expected to have been decided upon by March.
The plans for the Bumpstead Road site within Haverhill Business Park have been put forward by Carisbrooke Suon Developments, and won the support of town councillors at last Tuesday’s (January 7) planning committee meeting at the arts centre.
The ‘Helions Meadow’ development would see the empty plot developed with around 140 open market homes and up to 60 affordable ones, which is achievable as infrastructure is already in place.
Nic Rumsey, director at Carisbrooke Investments, had said the firm had been unsuccessfully trying to sell the land for industrial use for the last 15 years and had now decided to push for the homes.
While the land is presently earmarked for employment uses, recent changes in Government policy mean that long-standing vacant sites, such as the Bumpstead Road one, now need to be constantly reviewed and developed with alternative uses, where possible.
A lorry park would be provided opposite the site to save lorries waiting to access Culina, and previously Mr Rumsey said he was aware of ‘unacceptable’ and ‘anti social behaviour’ of some drivers waiting on the road, such as urinating, after complaints from the Days Inn hotel, which he also owns.
For anyone with any questions about the proposals, Carisbrooke’s project team can be reached directly on 0800 2987040.
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