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Plans to build more homes on Thurston site

A developer has confirmed plans to build more homes on a village site than previously approved.

Linden Homes is building phase one of its development on land north of Norton Road.

The entire site was granted outline approval for up to 200 homes, with phase one including 87.


The developer has now submitted detailed plans to Mid Suffolk District Council for phase two, but the proposals show the 104 homes on a smaller portion of the remaining plot.

John Baines, land director at Linden Homes Eastern, said an application for an extra 67 homes is being prepared, taking the total to 267.

He said the development would provide an extra £1.15 million in financial contributions as well as ‘significant public open space including an area of woodland and equipped play area’.

Thurston Parish Council ‘strongly objects’ to the phase two scheme on the grounds ‘the density has been increased by incorporating similar numbers into the area expected for phase two but on a much smaller area, thereby leaving other areas for a further application to be submitted.

It is also critical of the urban feel of the development, its failure to take the Neighbourhood Plan into account, the inclusion of two-and-a-half storey buildings, resident and visitor parking and play provision.

Jonathan Masters, of Thurston, said the plans were a disgrace.

“Gone are the allotments and the self builds along the northern boundary. Instead, a squashed and characterless development,” he said.

“They should stick to the 200 homes they got permission to build.”

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