Huge housing development a step closer

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Plans for a huge housing development on land north-east of Haverhill could be a step closer.

Haverhill Town Council met on Tuesday (December 16) to scope opinion about the environmental impact of a proposed development in Great Wilsey Park.

The development would comprise 2,500 residential units, business spaces, education buildings and community and leisure spaces, as well as recreation facilities.

The development is included in St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Vision 2031 document which sets the direction for future developments in Haverhill.

“It looks like the plans will be pretty much what we had been expecting,” said Colin Poole, Haverhill’s town clerk. “The application they put forward will have to take into account the scope of potential environmental impact.”

The Environmental Impact Assessment is a crucial stage in the development that will take into account the likely effect on the population and human health, biodiversity, land, soil, air, transport and mineral assets, as well as cultural heritage and the area’s landscape.

Councillor Pat Hanlon said: “This is an environmental report, it looks fine to me. I can’t see any problems with that, I think.”

There were, however, concerns raised about the development’s potential impact upon the town and its infrastructure, with councillors questioning transport links.

But Mayor, Roger André, noted that there would be a proper discussion around transport links, population increase and local services when the developers submitted an application for outline planning permission.

“They’re not putting in for roads at the moment,” said Cllr André.

“They think that’s a matter for the planning application.”