Anger from traders chairman over plans for flats in Bury St Edmunds town centre

Paul Hopfensperger

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The chairman of a traders group in Bury St Edmunds has vowed to fight plans for new flats.

Havebury Housing Partnership is preparing a planning application for a block of 29 afforable flats on Risbygate Street.

St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Paul Hopfensperger, who is chairman of the Risbygate Street Traders Association, in a letter to Havebury, said: “What you are proposing defies everything we have worked for, and is quite frankly, simply not acceptable.”

But Cllr Paul Farmer who represents residents in Nelson Road said: “Bury needs to have this kind of housing. I welcome it in principle.”

He however, said the lack of any parking provision was the scheme’s ‘Achilles’ heel.’

Karen Mayhew, Chief Executive, at Havebury said it is to build 294 affordable homes over the next four years.

For more see Friday’s Bury Free Press.