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Elmswell set for 60 new homes as proposals win green light from Mid Suffolk District Council

Plans to develop 60 homes on an Elmswell site won the green light from planners this morning.

Mid Suffolk District Council's development control committee discussed the application for approval of reserved matters for land to the east of Borley Crescent.

The proposals are for 39 market homes and 21 affordable homes, along with public open space. An existing public right of way along the boundary would be retained.

Elmswell village sign. (13018820)
Elmswell village sign. (13018820)

The committee previously inspected the application in March but deferred a decision to enable changes to be made, including highway revisions, a review of space standards of the proposed properties and a wider housing mix.

Cllr Matthew Hicks said today: "There could always be more and more improvements, but I think we have to recognise that the developer has sat down with our team, looked at what's been requested and has made as many changes as possible to bring the site forward."

Cllr John Matthissen said: "It's better than it was, but really it should be better than this."

Members of the public had objected to the scheme, with one saying Elmswell had been ruined by so many new-build properties and was more like a small town than a country village.

Outline planning permission was granted in February 2017.

The reserved matters unanimously approved today, with a condition for hedgehog-friendly access to the site.

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