Plans for 150 homes in Haverhill approved

Haverhill Research Park Pub
Haverhill Research Park Pub

Plans to build 150 homes as part of Haverhill Research Park in Hanchett End have been approved.

The houses already had outline permission but were fully approved by St Edmundsbury Council last Thursday (3).

Plans to build hotel, creché and pub on the site were approved in September, the day after permission to install infrastructure (roads, pipes, etc) was given. Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, got work started on the project in November. Three objections were received to the plans – one about the amount of affordable housing (15) being only ten per cent instead of 30, one about flooding issues, sufrfce water drainage and the footpath and buffer reducing the land of Hanchett End, and the last about homes overlooking existing houses in the same road.

However, advice given to councillors by case officer Rose Hopkinson said: “It is considered that the 20 metre buffer, which includes a raised mound, will provide a substantial buffer, even if not planted.” She added: “The fact that dwellings may be visible from existing dwellings in Hanchett End is not a reason to refuse the application.”

The homes will be built by Taylor Wimpey, which is calling the development ‘The Arboretum’. A spokesman for the firm said: “We are delighted to have received permission for The Arboretum, which forms a crucial element of the wider Haverhill Research Park project.

“Carisbrooke Investments is currently carrying out work to complete the infrastructure on site and it is anticipated Taylor Wimpey will commence building in June, with the first new homes being released for sale in the second half of the year.

“With interest in the new homes already running high, we would advise aspiring purchasers to register their interest in The Arboretum without delay so they have the best chance of choosing their pick of the plots.

“Home-hunters can register their details by e-mailing or calling 01284 755156.”

The 450,000 sq ft of office/laboratory/technology space will provide around 2,000 jobs.

The £4 million development got rolling after getting a loan for that amount – half from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and half from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP.

Landscaping and infrastructure will be in place before May, with the pub and some houses ready for Christmas.

Of the 150 houses, 15 (ten per cent) will be affordable homes.

They will consist of ten social rented united (three one bedroom, five two bed flats and two four bed houses) and five shared ownership/intermediate housing (three two bed and two four bed houses).

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 17) Echo.