Lack of interest in Haverhill Research Park from commercial businesses leads to new proposal for up to 155 homes
The owner of Haverhill Research Park is to hold a public meeting and exhibition to explain proposals to build up to 155 new private and affordable homes on the site.
The proposals by Jaynic also include areas of additional landscaping and public open space and a fully equipped children’s play area and include significant contributions towards local infrastructure including healthcare and education.
Andrew Anderson, director of Jaynic, said: “Our proposal follows over eight years of intensive marketing, where unfortunately we’ve been unable to find viable interest from established commercial business occupiers.
"Notwithstanding this, we are committed to delivering the Innovation Centre at the park, which is viable with the support of grant funding.
"We have submitted detailed plans for this on land adjacent to the Spirit of Enterprise roundabout.
"Additional land adjacent to the Innovation Centre site will be safeguarded for employment use should any viable commercial interest arise in the future.”
Haverhill Research Park has had planning permission since 2012 for office, R&D and ancillary light industrial uses.
The ‘ancillary’ light industrial restriction was lifted last year to align the permission with that of the 2012 planning policy applicable to the site, which does not seek to restrict light industrial use; albeit the application was met with strong opposition from local residents, the town and parish councils.
One company even dismissed using the land accessed off of Three Counties Way due to the perceived impact of noise and traffic on existing residents of the Arboretum.
Mr Anderson continued: "Despite our best efforts to make Haverhill Research Park work as an independently viable commercial destination, we hope that the residential proposal alongside the planned Innovation Centre and retained employment land will find favour.
"It will also result in a significant reduction in built floorspace and 66% less traffic than could otherwise be generated under the current commercial planning permission.
"The scheme will also include around 33% more parking spaces on a like for like basis compared to the neighbouring Arboretum development, where parking provided to previous standards has led to a shortage of available spaces and significant on-street parking.”
The public consultation will be held at the Flying Shuttle, Three Counties Way, Haverhill on Thursday, April 4 from 3pm to 8pm.