Homes may bring key to Elmswell relief road

Cllr Jane Storey ENGANL00120131103121008
Cllr Jane Storey ENGANL00120131103121008
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A housing development on Elmswell’s former bacon factory site could be the key to a village relief road.

Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee has approved an outline application for 190 homes on part of the old Grampian Country Foods site subject to half the Section 106 funds from the developer going to a relief road and half on affordable homes.

The application said any access road to the site could be the first section of the road.

Elmswell district and county councillor Jane Storey: “Whatever happens to the bacon factory, or any development north of the railway, we should make an arrangement for a northern relief road.”

She felt some of the figures for vehicles using the level crossing from the site were ‘naive’ and added: “The potential for future industrial development on that site would be opened up by a relief road.”

Parish council clerk Pater Dow said: “What they decided was as good as could be expected and an excellent result for the village.”

He said it meant they would get a relief road if it was ‘adopted policy within 24 months’ and he was sure it could become part of the parish’s neighbourhood plan within that time. He also felt the parish could help find a cheaper way of making a safe foot crossing over the line, freeing more cash for the road.