Gypsy and traveller site is reinstated in South East Bury St Edmunds masterplan

Masterplan for south-east Bury St Edmunds development ANL-150528-175035001
Masterplan for south-east Bury St Edmunds development ANL-150528-175035001
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Councillors are being asked to adopt a revised masterplan for South East Bury St Edmunds - with a reinstated gypsy and traveller site.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet members chose to adopt the revised masterplan on Tuesday, but it is subject to the approval of full council on September 22.

The masterplan, prepared by developers Hopkins Homes and Pigeon, refers to land between Rougham Hill and Sicklesmere Road.

As well as including 1,250 homes and a relief road, the document has seen the reinstatement of a potential - and previously deleted - site for gypsy and traveller accommodation within a community woodland area.

The inclusion of the site in an earlier draft masterplan attracted much criticism from members of the public, while a planning application for such a site at the eastern end of Rougham Hill was rejected earlier this year, partly on the basis it was premature in coming before an adopted masterplan.

Angry at the reinstatement, resident John Corrie said: “There seems to be a mindset at St Edmundsbury that they will do this come hell or high water.”

He added: “Fundamentally, I think there’s a very muddy thinking and utter contempt for the local population, and, indeed, a lack of awareness of the recent planning guidance from the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government).”