Parking problems hit plans to tranform Mildenhall pub into housing

A planning application has been submitted to turn the old White Hart pub into 12 affordable houses. ANL-150505-193130009
A planning application has been submitted to turn the old White Hart pub into 12 affordable houses. ANL-150505-193130009
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Proposals to transform a former pub in Mildenhall town centre into affordable homes have received a mixed response from local authorities.

The plans would see the White Hart pub, in High Street, converted into eight properties and four further homes constructed behind it.

At a planning meeting last month, Mildenhall Parish Council raised concerns about the proposal, put forward by Havebury Housing Partnership, including housing density, parking and vehicular access.

In a similar vein, the county highways authority has recommended refusal for the plans on grounds of insufficient parking provision, which it states falls below the current minimum standard.

However, Forest Heath District Council’s strategic housing team has spoken in support of the plans, which it believes address an ‘identified housing need’ in Mildenhall.

Commenting on the application, Kim Langley, strategy and enabling officer, said: “Not only will this development help to meet that identified housing need, it will also make best use of an exising building within the town centre.”

Suzanne Newman, development manager at Havebury Housing Partnership, said: “Havebury is always looking for suitable sites to build more homes – the demand for which is very high in Mildenhall.”

Of the parking concerns, Ms Newman said ‘lower demand’ was expected from an affordable housing scheme, adding: “Prospective occupants would be made aware of the number and availability of parking from the outset.”