Suffolk County Council’s cabinet backs Vision 2031 despite call to defer

Suffolk County Council's cabinet has backed St Edmundsbury Borough Council's Vision 2031
Suffolk County Council's cabinet has backed St Edmundsbury Borough Council's Vision 2031
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Suffolk County Council’s cabinet has backed Vison 2031 despite warnings that it will ‘bury Bury St Edmunds in tarmac and concrete’.

Leading Conservative councillors agreed the framework for growth including plans for 5,900 homes was ‘sound’ during a meeting in Bury today.

However, opposition members voiced fears of overdevelopment and traffic problems.

Cllr Mark Ereira-Guyer, leader of the Green and Independent group, said: “If you approve this you’re burying Bury in tarmac and concrete. We’re having a level of development over and above local needs.”

Independent Cllr Trevor Beckwith, who called for the matter to be deferred, said: “The county council has no solution to today’s highway problems and they most certainly don’t know how to mitigate for the future.”

Cllr Richard Smith, cabinet member for planning, praised the Vision documents as ‘sound and pave the way for jobs and growth that St Edmundsbury needs’.

On the traffic issues, Cllr Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads and transport, pointed to works to 11 junctions cited in the cabinet report. He said: “Much of the work will be subject to more detail as particular proposals come forward.”