Developer in talks with council over bringing housing forward

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A developer planning to build 550 homes on Moreton Hall wants to start building them ahead of a new relief road for the estate.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council confirmed this week that Taylor Wimpey had asked to build some homes ahead of the £18 million road build linking the development to the A14 at the Rookery crossroads.

But the council’s core strategy states that no extra housing will be allowed on Moreton Hall until the road is completed.

On Tuesday, more than 160 people attended a public exhibition detailing proposals for development on Moreton Hall, which will include 550 new homes.

Representatives from Taylor Wimpey were on hand to answer questions but residents inquiring about the build programme were surprised to learn about possible changes.

Brian Hale said he had been told Taylor Wimpey needed to ‘get some houses up first’ to create cash flow to build the relief road.

Graham Brown, also from the estate, said his understanding was that the developer was ‘trying to get around building the relief road first because it has a lot of money tied up’.

Mark Edmonds, Taylor Wimpey’s planning and technical director, accepted that residents had received this information from his colleagues.

He said:“Taylor Wimpey will be providing the eastern relief road at a cost of around £18 million.

“Negotiations are currently in the early stages with St Edmundsbury Borough Council with regards to the build programme and once these talks have concluded we will be able to offer more information to the local residents.”

A council spokesman said: “St Edmundsbury’s adopted core strategy states in policy CS11 that any additional housing on Moreton Hall will not be permitted until the eastern relief road to the A14 at Rookery Crossing is completed.

“If a developer wants the council to consider something different as part of the planning process, it is up to them to put forward a strong case to the local planning authority and the highways authority.

“Taylor Wimpey have asked us for our opinion on some housing coming forward before the eastern relief road is complete but no evidence has yet been provided to justify such a departure from the adopted plan.”

Details of the proposals, which include a secondary school, local centre and public open space, can be viewed at Feedback is open until August 9.