‘Imposing’ flats development in Haverhill turned down

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Councillors emphatically rejected a developers bid to build a block of 15 flats in Haverhill after hearing they were ‘visually imposing.’

Prime Crest Homes applied to St Edmundsbury Council to build the three storey block, made up of 11 two bedroom and four, one bedroom flats, on land between Anglian Place and Howard Close.

Planning officer Dave Beighton recommended the development be refused and after telling last Thursday’s (5) meeting of the development control committee that it was ‘visually imposing’, councillors agreed to turn it down by 15 votes to nil.

Mr Beighton also said that the slope of the land would mean when viewed from the north the three storey building would appear four storey in size.

Cll Dave Ray said: “Generally speaking I’m inclined to support applications for affordable housing but this is a particularly difficult side because of the topography and I think the officers report is spot on really.

“If you reduce the storeys by one that would reduce the affordable housing available but I think that would be much more sympathetic to the neighbours.”

Cllr David Nettleton added: “I think the building is a bit too close to Howard Close.”