Committee ‘minded to refuse’ plan for 30 homes in Haverhill

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A planning committee has said it is ‘minded to refuse’ permission to build up to 30 homes to the north west of Haverhill.

Contrary to planning officers’ recommendations, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee did not approve the trustees of The Vestey 1993 Settlement application to develop agricultural land in Brickfields Drive yesterday.

Members said they were minded to refuse it because of ‘highways matters’ and officers will now produce a report on the potential risks of refusal before the committee makes its final decision.

Cllr John Burns, who intervened on behalf of residents, said parking and access problems were an issue even before The Vestey application, which had the potential to bring 60-90 more cars to the area.

“I can’t see that this development should really go ahead in its current form, predominantly because of the access and parking issues up there,” he said, adding that there was ‘no way in the world’ construction traffic would be able to use the narrow road.