Anthrax concerns as planning permission granted for 20 homes in Risby

Have your say

Concerns have been raised about the possible burial of cattle infected with anthrax on a site earmarked for 20 homes in Risby.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee yesterday approved Pigeon Ltd’s proposals, which include a service road and access, on land south of School Road.

The site is included in the authority’s framework for growth Vision 2031.

However, in letters of representation to the council a concern was raised about cows infected with anthrax which were possibly buried on the site in the 1930s.

Environmental services also advised the authority that the site may have been subjected to such a burial.

A letter from the Animal Health and Vetinary Laboratories Agency said: “Should a developer or contractor proceed with excavation on the site and in the process find any animal remains indicating a burial site they are obliged to cease work and advise this office immediately.”

Officers added conditions for an investigation and risk asessment to assess ‘the nature and extent of any contamination’.

The parish council has asked for a local letting agreement so that six affordable homes proposed go to Risby residents.

Total section 106 contributions sought from the developers are £211,398.