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Bury West relief road plans: Landowner willing to sell at a 'fair price'

The owner of land needed for a relief road to the west of Bury St Edmunds says he is willing to sell the site at a ‘fair price’ after a developer submitted plans to build just part of the road.

Michael Underwood has sought to clarify the issue over his land which he is looking to sell to allow a relief road to be built to connect Westley Road with Newmarket Road.

Pigeon Investment Management Ltd, on behalf of Pigeon (Bury West) Ltd and Nicholas and Roger Winship, has produced a hybrid application for 'Bury West' with plans for up to 485 homes and part of a relief road off Newmarket Road.

Michael Underwood owns the land edged in blue.
Michael Underwood owns the land edged in blue.

Pigeon says the scheme delivers ‘phase one of the relief road in full on land in the applicants’ ownership’ and the full length will be delivered ‘when the land becomes available’.

In a letter to West Suffolk Council, chartered surveyor David Lowe, representing Mr Underwood, said: “Michael Underwood would like to place it on record that he is willing to sell his land on normal commercial terms, as validated by the Lands Tribunal, to Pigeon - and agreed such terms with Bellway, the previous promoter of the application site, in 2005.

“After an elapse of two years, during which Michael tried to initiate negotiations with Pigeon on a number of occasions, he did persuade Pigeon to attend a meeting recently.

The Bury West site outlined in red. Picture: Google
The Bury West site outlined in red. Picture: Google

“However, only a verbal offer well short of Lands Tribunal guidelines was forthcoming.”

Speaking to the Bury Free Press, Mr Lowe added that Mr Underwood is looking to sell the land at a ‘fair price’ and for a ‘fair deal’.

Pigeon was approached for comment.

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