Not enough affordable homes in agreed plan

Roy Whitworth, chairman of Lavenham Parish Council at the Armorex site in Lavenham.

Roy Whitworth, chairman of Lavenham Parish Council at the Armorex site in Lavenham.

0
Have your say

Plans to build 44 new homes on Lavenham’s former Armorex factory site have been given the green light by councillors.

Knight Developments plan to build a mix of two to four-bedroom homes, with 13 two-bedroom flats, six of which will be for the over-55s. But only eight of the homes will be affordable.

Parish Council chairman Roy Whitworth told Babergh development control committee while the parish council was not against the development of the site the proportion of affordable housing should be increased to 35 per cent.

He said: “Our requirement for local needs housing is acute. Lavenham is haemorrhaging young people. Census data shows that the disparity between young and old in our community is already much wider than the district average. It cannot be right to see our young people forced to move out and travel back to Lavenham to work.”

He also asked the committee for a substantial increase in the £347,00 section 106 agreement – money paid by a developer to offset the impact of any development.

A spokeswoman for the council said thatfollowing advice from independent consultants it has been agreed that the affordable housing offered at 18 per cent would be acceptable as the scheme would regenerate a vacant site and deliver much-needed houses in the village.