UPDATED: Fornham’s new homes will draw on local inspiration

Countryside Properties' plan for thje first phase of housing at Tut Hill ANL-150408-110331001
Countryside Properties' plan for thje first phase of housing at Tut Hill ANL-150408-110331001
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The first 126 homes of a major development in the Fornham All Saints area have been given detailed planning permission.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee today unanimously approved details for the first phase of the Countryside Properties development to the north west of Bury St Edmunds at Tut Hill.

The 3.71 hectare site will be accessed from the southern end of a proposed relief road between Tut Hill and Mildenhall Road and is part of a site identified under the borough’s Vision 2031 strategic plan.

It is the first stage of the north west development, which has planning consent for a maximum of upto 1,070 new homes.

Outline planning permission was granted in December 2013 and the new application is for approval of ‘reserved matters’ laid down then.

It covers the appearance of the buildings and the layout of the site.

Planning officers say Countryside Properties has ‘ sought to create distinctive character areas and has sough inspiration from the local area’.

Three-storey flats will be based on ‘urban granary buildings’ found in the centre of Bury while two-storey ones will draw inspiration from a rural mill building.

The report to the committee added: “Overall, the design philosophy seeks to create a new neighbourhood which will feel very much part of the existing urban fabric of Bury St Edmunds, while reflecting characteristic of the nearby village of Fornham All Saints.”

This phase will include 25 per cent affordable housing as part of the 30 per cent agreed for the entire site.

Fornham Parish Council supports the mix and density of housing and site layout.

The Bury Society called for the first phase to set a high standard for the whole development.

A spokesperson for Countryside Properties said: “Marham Park will become a sustainable new community fully connected to the town with its own vibrant centre.

“As well as a wide variety of housing, our plans will deliver a place with a strong sense of identity, where community facilities include a neighbourhood centre, retail outlets and the site for a potential new primary school. An abundance of green open space will help create an attractive environment for people to live in.”