The developer for Bury St Edmunds’ south east site has produced a report showing who and what could be ‘significantly affected’ by its scheme and what investigations it plans to undertake.
Though only at a draft stage, Hopkins Homes’ current masterplan for the site north of the A134 Sicklesmere Road and east of the A134 Rougham Road includes around 1,250 new homes, a local centre and associated retail, employment and community facilities, as well as a primary school south of the River Lark and a relief road to address congestion on the A1302/A134 linking to the new development.
The plan shows the lorry park, golf driving range, Newlands Industrial Estate and Fenbrook Farm removed but states that the resultant job losses would not be significant because of new jobs being created on the site.
The scoping report, prepared by Hopkins Homes and Pigeon, says the effect of the proposed development on the Glen Chalk and Horringer Court Caves (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), the River Lark Local Wildlife Site (LWS), Rougham Hill Verges LWS and Nowton Park LWS requires ‘further consideration’.
The potential effect – due to habitat loss, fragmentation and disturbance – on hedgerows, otters, breeding priority bird species and foraging and commuting bats also needs more consideration.
The report says the cumulative effects of the development will be assessed together with other developments, likely to include the proposed Waste Recycling Centre and Waste Transfer Station, Suffolk Business park and North East, North West and Moreton Hall developments.
Archaeological field evaluation and noise and traffic surveys have also been planned.