Plans for hundreds of homes in long awaited regeneration of Station Hill site

Phase One of the Station Hill development - overview looking towards railway station
Phase One of the Station Hill development - overview looking towards railway station
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Plans have been unveiled to build 135 apartments on Station Hill - the first wave of homes to be developed in a long awaited regeneration of the site.

Hopkins Homes wants to build 107 two bedroom and 28 one bedroom apartments in Phase One of a wider masterplan to redevelop land to the south west of Bury St Edmunds Railway Station to provide 300 homes.

The rest of the homes will come through a further three phases.

Hopkins is now consulting with residents on the masterplan and their detailed proposals.

Director Iain Jamie said the scheme will deliver a ‘premium high quality development which fits in with the station and surrounding area’.

However, he said there are no proposals for affordable homes ‘mainly due to financial reasons’ with the value of the land and change in market conditions.

Hopkins controls the land for phase one but the rest of the site belongs to other landowners. Their consultation document says they are ‘working closely’ with the owners to ensure the other development phases can be ‘brought forward in a comprehensive and co-ordinated way’.

The land was mainly used for rail sidings which will be moved and has a number of derelict buildings.

There are also buildings used for business purposes.

The consultation document says: “All of the existing properties are leased and will therefore be made available to facilitate redevelopment of the site.”

The masterplan is the next step in St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s 2007 Adopted Concept Statement, which sets out the broad parameters for developing the site.

It will allow planning applications for the area to be submitted.

The masterplan includes:

n Conversion of Burlingham Mill.

n A Station Square to create a new gateway into Bury.

n Renovation of the Station Master’s Garden.

n Main access from Station Hill linking to Burlingham Mill and Mill Square.

n A new landmark building on the roundabout junction of Station Hill and Tayfen Road.

n A landscaped buffer to the car showroom south of the site.

Alan Jary, chairman of the Bury Society, overall welcomed some development in the area but had some concerns.

He said: “My personal reservations are that it’s rather closing down opportunities to increase car parking at the station. I feel it rather encloses the original quite magnificently designed station building which will rather be lost behind some towering blocks.”

Hopkins Homes’ consultation will run until July 26.

They will then submit the masterplan with any changes to the borough council and hope it will be adopted by September. The developer also aims to submit a planning application for phase one this autumn, which they hope could go to the development control committee for a decision early next year.

To view the plans visit www.stationhill.co.uk