Developer wins right to build 101 homes

DEVELOPERS have won an appeal to press ahead with controversial plans to build 101 new homes in Stanton.

Abbey New Homes has been given the go-ahead for the development between Upthorpe Road and Hepworth Road following a public inquiry by the planning inspectorate.

However, the permission does not cover 11 two-and-a-half-storey homes, which formed part of the proposals.

The developers launched the appeal after St Edmundsbury Borough Council refused the development last year because of an ‘unacceptable risk of loss of amenity associated with odour’ from the nearby sewage treatment works.

The authority also cited a potential interruption and reduction in wind speed which would affect the operation of a nearby historic windmill. However, that objection was later withdrawn.

In his report, planning inspector Antony Fussey said the lack of complaints from existing properties suggested the sewage facility would ‘cause no unacceptable risk of a significant loss of amenity’.

He added that the two-and-a- half-storey homes would ‘harm local distinctiveness and the character and appearance of the surroundings’.

Borough councillor Jim Thorndyke, who represents Stanton, said some residents would be ‘disappointed’ with the decision but the inspector had ‘probably come up with the only decision he could’.