Haverhill town centre should favour retail use, Vision inquiry hears

Haverhill High Street
Haverhill High Street

The centre of Haverhill should favour retail use as it is developed, an inquiry was told.

The public inquiry into St Edmundsbury Council’s Vision 2031 documents which detail how Haverhill should develop over the next 20 years, held at Haverhill Leisure Centre last Wednesday (February 5), heard that shopping ought to be favoured over residential in the town centre and nearby brownfield sites.

Inspector Roger Clews stated that the Vision’s aim is to create a ‘vibrant and attractive and varied retail offer’.

Town clerk Will Austin said brownfield sites should specifically favour retail development.

He acknowledged that rear access had been a limiting factor for town centre businesses, and said that town centre gateways need to be improved.

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