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‘Bedroom tax’ inspires new housing on Priors Inn site

Project Manager Chris Netton talks to local resident Celia Hannaford. ANL-140318-162211001

Project Manager Chris Netton talks to local resident Celia Hannaford. ANL-140318-162211001

Havebury Housing has unveiled plans for the Priors Inn site which it hopes will ease demand created by the ‘bedroom tax’.

The social housing association showed the proposals it will seek planning permission for at a consultation in nearby All Saints Church yesterday.

Havebury hopes to build 32 one and two bedroom affordable homes on a site currently occupied by the redundant Priors Inn, which it bought from Greene King, two bungalows with large gardens and a parking area it already owned.

The proposal comprises nine one bedroom flats, nine two bedroom bungalows and 13 two bedroom houses, designed by architect Andrew Collett of Ingleton Wood in Colchester.

Havebury’s head of development Scott Bailey said: “It’s responding to the welfare reform [bedroom tax] which has led to greater demand for one and two bedroom homes.”

He said the buildings would have a traditional look.

“It will make a real difference to that corner of the Priors Estate,” he said.

Robert Everitt, ward councillor and Havebury board member, said smaller homes and bungalows were what local people wanted.

“If the Priors Inn had been viable as a pub, Greene King would have kept it,” he added.

 

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