New homes planned for town site

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A PLANNING application has been lodged for the construction of 28 new homes and an office building near Bury St Edmunds town centre.

The project is being led by Tony Clark Properties, based in Bury.

The application for Abbeyfields, the former Eastgate caravan park off Eastgate Street, is for 24 houses for private ownership and four for social housing.

In a separate application, the company also want to build a large office building on the site.

An unrelated submission to build 20 houses was put forward for the site in 2010 but the planning application did not go through.

The new plan for the houses, which was discussed at a meeting of St Edmundsbury councillors on Wednesday, will supersede the plans from 2010.

David Nettleton, St Edmundsbury councillor for Eastgate ward, said the area looked ‘ripe for development’.

He said: “There is a lot of land there so I understand why a developer would want to build housing there.

“I am for the idea in principle but it is in the detail that we need to look.

“I have concerns about the allocation of social housing though, which seems a bit low for a build of this size.

“We have held a residents’ meeting for the plan – they were a bit unhappy about certain aspects of the plan, for example issues to do with traffic.

“Generally speaking I cannot see a problem with the plan.

“If you go down there, it is an area that looks ripe for development.

“There is a separate application for office buildings at the same site which should help to provide people with jobs as well as houses.”

Case officer Stephen Burgess said: “It is on the edge of the town centre and is on a site that has been undeveloped for some time.

“It will be going forward to members of the council in due course.”