Homes plan in Bury St Edmunds town centre gets the green light

Mark Westley Photography'Bishops Road, development plans for land at the back of houses. ANL-150120-195754009
Mark Westley Photography'Bishops Road, development plans for land at the back of houses. ANL-150120-195754009
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Plans for seven one-bedroom homes on land in Bury St Edmunds town centre have been given the green light by a council despite worries over access, parking and over development.

Cocksedge Building Contractors Ltd from Mildenhall applied to build a terrace of seven affordable homes on disused land behind houses, in Bishops Road.

Original plans for two bedroom accomodation with access from Bishops Road were ammended to provide one bedroom accommodation with access only from the St Andrews’ Street North car park.

A fence will now block any access between 14 and 15 Bishops Road.

Residents in Bishops Road say the plans would mean overlooking and increased pressure on car parking.

A report to St Edmundsbury Borough councillors regarding the ammended scheme states that no windows would now overlook the Bishop Road back gardens.

While there will be some loss of sunlight at the ends of the gardens, tests have shown that the proposal is acceptable in terms of impact on daylight/sunlight to rear windows.

Bury Society objected to the amended scheme saying the plans was still gross over development and unsustainable in the long term, preferring a more modest approach.

Tim Page, chairman said: “If the borough are going to grant permission for infill housing in the centre of the town without adequate parking provision they do need to get to grips with the issue of parking in general in the town.They need to be working up some concrete solutions to the whole issue.”