A new draft masterplan for Bury St Edmunds’ Tayfen Road area, with homes, retail, open space and a care home, has passed its first stage in approval.
St Edmundsbury’s sustainable development working party last week decided to approve the plan drawn up by Chetwoods Architects for Tayfen Road Developments, based on public consultations held in October. It will be subject to minor changes suggested by council officers.
If accepted, it will replace a 2009 masterplan for the 13.1 acre site. Key features are 200 homes, a 1,500sq m food store, retail warehouse space, a pub and public open space.
The plan says its aim is ‘to set a robust framework for high quality development of the site with a mix of uses’.
Housing would be a mix of types and tenure, designed to encourage a sense of community with all ages living there. A 60-bed care home would be on Tayfen Road, near the petrol station site, with a food store and family pub between it and the Hyundai dealer.
While recognising the demolition of the gasholder opens the site for development, it warns that because it has been an industrial site since 1804, contamination on part of it includes metals, cyanide and hydrocarbons.
It also says the former Railway Club sports ground is a flood zone and the plan includes that as open space with a pond and improved drainage ditches to mitigate flood risk.
However, officers have suggested removing ‘absolute proposals’ to have housing on the higher end of the playing fields until a decision was made on changing its protected open space status in the town’s development plan.
The plan must now be approved by the council’s Cabinet and a full council meeting.