Haverhill looks set for expansion as, after years of negotiations, planning permission has been granted for the North West Haverhill development.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council issued formal planning permission for the development on land north west Of Haverhill’s Ann Suckling Road, off the A143, after provisions for a relief road were finally agreed.
“This is both a very significant achievement and an excellent development for Haverhill,” said John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
“It follows several years of hard work and negotiations. I would like to congratulate and thank everyone involved.”
The development will complete the north west quadrant of Haverhill, including the north west relief road linking Withersfield Road with Wratting Road. It will provide up to 1,150 houses, open space, a primary school, community facilities and a local centre.
It is also hoped that 30 per cent of the accommodation on site will be made up of affordable housing. As well as this, the development will, under the Section 106 agreement, make a contribution towards healthcare provision, public transport, improved footpaths and cycle links.
The agreement also guarantees delivery of the north west relief road within five years of the start of development.
Colin Poole, Haverhill’s town clerk, said: “I think the majority of people in Haverhill will welcome this. It will bring fresh investment and the relief road will ease some of the burden on the infrastructure.
“It certainly won’t do any harm in terms of conducting business. It will be built over a number of years, it won’t be like there are houses springing up out of nowhere. People will have to be patient. This is just the end of the beginning, to quote Winston Churchill.”