Approval of redevelopment of former Westfield Primary School site in n Haverhill has a welcome knock-on effect
Users of the section of Haverhill’s railway walk between Manor Road and the leisure centre can look forward to a smoother journey after an agreement was sealed to tarmac it.
The section often becomes muddy and littered with puddles upon any sustained rainfall, but after planning permission was given to build 37 new homes on the adjoining former Westfield Primary School site in Manor Road, the stoney surface is to improved at a cost to the developer Barley Homes Ltd (which is fully owned by West Suffolk councils) of £33,000.
Barley Homes’ bid to build the mix of 37 homes (four one bed flats, five two bed flats, 10 two bed houses, 14 three bed houses and four four bed houses, 11 of them affordable) was approved at the recent meeting of the borough council’s development control committee.
At the meeting, Haverhill borough and town councillor John Burns said: “I’m really pleased that the borough council has supported the suggestion from Councillor Tony Brown and myself at the first consultation that we had with Barley Homes and their agent (Ingleton Wood) for the upgrade for the railway walk, including some steps up to it (from the new housing).
“It certainly would enhance the pedestrian and cycle route from east to west, to the town.”
Nicol Perryman, associate planner at Ingleton Wood, said: “We have been working with Barley Homes (Group) Ltd for a number of years to bring forward a series of key sites within Haverhill, including Manor Road.
“We are very pleased with today’s outcome having worked closely with the local authority and consultees in designing the development and preparing the planning application.
“Particular care and attention has been given to the layout to ensure that the scheme responds to the site and its key characteristics, including retention of as many existing trees as possible on the site.
“This is the first site where planning permission has been secured for Barley Homes and it has been really great to be involved with a project that will have such a positive impact on Haverhill.”
Cllr Jason Crooks, who represents Haverhill South, said: “I’m very pleased with the amount of trees and landscape works on the site that the applicant has managed to save and the footpaths are also good.”