An ambitious blueprint for growth in the Bury St Edmunds area, including plans for nearly 6,000 homes, is due to pass the final hurdle next week.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council is being asked to sign off on the Vision 2031 framework on Tuesday which will see major housing developments at five strategic sites in the town.
It follows a lengthy series of public sonsultations and an inquiry by an independent planning inspector, who ruled that the proposals are sound and legally compliant.
In documents to the council, Cllr John Griffiths, leader of the authority, said the approval of Vision 2031 would be the ‘end of a long and extremely interesting journey’ and would ensure the borough is ‘less vulnerable to speculative planning applications from others’.
There will be 900 homes built between the Howard Estate and Fornham All Saints, 500 at Moreton Hall, 1,250 between Bury and Great Barton, 450 at Westley and 1,250 to the south east of the town near Rougham.
The plans also preserve the Leg of Mutton site, off Rougham Road, for ‘informal outdoor recreation’ in a victory for campaigners who want to purchase it for future generations to use as open access land.
Andrew Hinchley, chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Water Meadows Group, said once the plans were approved they could start to negotiate a price with the land-owner before submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The group is appealing for more memebers and will hold its next meeting at the Quaker Meeting House on October 16. Visit www.bury-watermeadowsgroup.com