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St Edmundsbury councillors to vote on planning applications for two developments in Haverhill

Decisions are due to be made this week on whether two new housing projects will go ahead in Haverhill – bringing 124 new homes to the town.

St Edmundsbury Council’s development control committee meets on Thursday to decide whether to give planning permission for 87 homes off Chapelwent Road and 37 in Manor Road, on the old Westfield Primary School site.

Reports prepared for the meeting by planning officers recommend that both the proposed developments by Taylor Wimpy off Chapelwent Road and Barley Homes (Group) in Manor Road are approved.

The old Westfield Primary School site in Manor Road
The old Westfield Primary School site in Manor Road

Taylor Wimpey’s plans were stalled at January’s development control committee meeting when councillors asked that an ‘unsafe’ and ‘inadequate’ foot and cycle path that would link the 87 homes to Howe Road be removed and an alternative location found for the footpath.

The path proposal has now been scrapped, but the suggested location for the footpath, linking it to the railway walk near the junction of Howe Road and Withersfield Road, has also been discounted.

However, Haverhill town and borough councillor John Burns told the town council on Monday: “I have a statement from the developer that a new application will be made at a later date to instate such a link.”

The scheme in Manor Road has a mix of properties, from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom houses. Eleven properties would be made affordable housing.

The report also includes a request for the developer to invest £33,000 in order to enable the railway walk from Manor Road towards the town centre to be tarmacked to provide a higher quality pedestrian and cycle route.

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