New development in Haverhill held up after proposed foot and cycle path deemed unsuitable
Safety concerns over a 'wholly inadequate' foot and cycle path to a proposed 87 home development in Haverhill have led to a decision on whether it can go ahead being delayed.
The application by Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd to build the new housing on land off Chapelwent Road, not far from the rear of properties in Slaters Drive and Howe Road, was discussed by St Edmundsbury Council's development control committee last Thursday.
The principal of building the new housing was met with general support, but the proposed positioning of a foot and cycle path that would link it to Howe Road met with opposition and led to the final decision being delayed.
Cllr John Burns(Haverhill East) challenged the plans to have the pathway running between16 and 18 Howe Road.
"I'm going to propose that we defer this application but on the basis of trying to resolve this south east corner link, but also allow the chair (of the committee) perhaps to do it under some sort of delegated authority following discussion with local members."
The committee heard from Eileen Bocock, who lives at 18 Howe Road, that the pathway (currently a dead end) is just 6ft 4in wide and totally unsuitable and unsafe as a cycle link and that one should be created in the south east corner of the development, where it would join the railway walk.
She said: "This is an enormous safety hazard."
Cllr Julia Wakelam said: "It is wholly inadequate for a foot and cycle path."
Councillors voted to: "Delegate to officers subject to consulting local members and the chair of the development control committee and the amendment being set is a link in the south east corner and the deletion of the footpath to Howe Road."