Council tells Havebury to scale down affordable homes scheme in Bury St Edmunds

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Bury St Edmunds Town Council has told Havebury Housing Partnership to go back to the drawing board over plans for affordable housing off Risbygate Street.

The council resolved on Wednesday night to agreein principle to having affordable homes on the site, but shared concerns with residents in Nelson Road and ward councillor Paul Farmer over the detail of the plans.

One of those concerns is because the scheme, off School Yard, is for 29 flats, with no parking provision.

Nelson Road resident Philip Leslie, said: “This is ingenuous to the extreme.

“Of course some of them will have cars.

“We hope they will because otherwise how will they get to their jobs?”

The town council also objected citing over development , loss of light, overlooking and said the proposed vehicle access to the area was ‘inappropriate’.

Cllr Farmer said afterwards: “I support affordable housing in the town centre, but not at the marked expense of Nelson Road residents. I am very pleased that the committee supported our objections and suggestions for improvement.”