Planning committee to make decision on five developments in Thurston

The locations of sites for a proposed 827 homes in Thurston (Map: Google Earth)
The locations of sites for a proposed 827 homes in Thurston (Map: Google Earth)

Five applications for piecemeal development in Thurston – which residents wanted considered for their cumulative impact on the village – will now be decided at the same planning meeting.

If approved, the applications – submitted by five different developers within a nine month period – would see the village grow by 827 new homes.

The scale of the developments and the speed at which the applications were submitted led to calls for Mid Suffolk District Council to look at them collectively so their joint impact on Thurston’s infrastructure and social development could be fully considered.

A spokesman for the district council confirmed this week that all would be decided at the same planning committee meeting which is now due to take place on July 12, with all the applications recommended for approval.

Thurston’s Neighbourhood Plan Team says giving the go-ahead to all of the proposed developments would increase Thurston’s current housing stock by around 64 per cent and turn it into a ‘faceless dormitory town’.

Commenting on the applications, the team said: “Should all applications be approved, there is a concern that not only will the village infrastructure be insufficient to cope, but the whole nature and ambiance of Thurston will change from that of a large vibrant village to that of a faceless dormitory town.

“The determination of these applications should be viewed as a whole if the development within Thurston is to be sympathetic and sustainable.”

The developments include applications from Persimmon Homes for up to 250 homes with provision for a new primary school west of Ixworth Road, Pigeon Capital Management for up to 200 homes and a primary school site in Norton Road, Hopkins Homes for 175 homes to the south of Norton Road, Bovis Homes for 138 homes to the west of Barton Road and Laurence Homes for 64 homes in Meadow Lane.

Planning approval has already been granted for 101 homes to be built at the Granary site off Station Road.

Suffolk County Council admits their cumulative impact on the highway infrastructure ‘may be severe’ but says a co-operative planning approach can provide improvements to mitigate against this.

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