Plans for affordable flats in Stowmarket approved despite objections

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Plans to build 28 affordable flats in Stowmarket have been given the go-ahead despite concerns over their suitability for the area.

The 21 two bedroom and seven one bedroom flats are to be built on the site of The Riverside Snooker and Social Club, in Stowupland Street, following approval by Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning control committee.

The Town Council had called for the proposals to be refused arguing that the development, which will be three and four storeys in height, ‘does not maintain or enhance the character and appearance of the surrounding area’.

In comments to the district council, they said a four storey building ‘would be completely out of character with the historic properties along Stowupland Street’ and requested that it be a maximum of three storeys.

Stuart James Gemmill, vice chairman of the planning committee, said they gave permission because the development ‘represented a nice lot of affordable flats for people’.

Addressing the concerns over its size, he said there are other buildings in close proximity to the development of a similar size.

The flats will have 28 parking spaces.