Bury St Edmunds residents voice concerns about ‘squashed’ houses behind their terrace

Bishops Road, development plans for land at the back of houses. ANL-150120-195605009
Bishops Road, development plans for land at the back of houses. ANL-150120-195605009
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Bury St Edmunds residents have expressed their concern over plans to ‘squash’ seven new proprties behind their town centre homes.

The application, from developers Mattanna Ltd, proposes to build seven houses beside the car park in St Andrew’s Street, which will back onto 13 houses in Bishops Road.

Bishops Road, development plans for land at the back of houses. ANL-150120-195754009

Bishops Road, development plans for land at the back of houses. ANL-150120-195754009

But homeowners nearby worry the properties, to be managed by Havebury Housing Association, will cause an influx of cars onto a street with an existing parking problem.

Karen Hodgson, of Bishops Road, said: “We really need it, and it’s not the ideal place for it. We have a problem with parking around here anyway.”

Her neighbour Brian Hoddy, one of many residents who attended a public consultation on the plans, said: “It is so squashed around there, it is like being a rabbit in a hutch with nowhere to get out.”

Both the scheme’s building contractor Cocksedge and ward councillor David Nettleton have tried to calm residents’ parking fears.

Tim Grant, of Cocksedge, said the properties will be part of a car-free scheme, meaning tenants cannot own a car.

And Cllr Nettleton added the development site would be ‘excluded’ from the town’s parking permit scheme.

He said: “I support the principle of housing, but we must ensure the current residents are not disadvantaged.”

Mr Grant added: “There is a huge demand for affordable housing in Bury, and these will be spacious homes inkeeping with what is there already.”

Attempts have been made to contact Mattanna Ltd, but it has so far not responded.