‘Humdrum’ flats in Bury St Edmunds are refused planning permission

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‘Humdrum and dreary’ flats at a site in Bury St Edmunds, were being refused planning approval yesterday after objections from neighbours, the town council and conservation groups.

The plans for 14 flats in two blocks on the site of the former Linnet Service Station in Maynewater Lane were decided by St Edmundbury Borough Council’s development control committee yesterday.

Planning officers had recommended that they be approved.

But concerns over parking, loss of light and privacy, were raised, as was criticism of the appearance of the proposed flats which objectors said would not be in keeping with the area.

Ward member Cllr Paul Farmer said the architecture ‘seems uninspiring for such a gateway position into the town’.

And Suffolk Preservation Society (SPS) said: “We are pleased to see a plan to develop this neglected site, but we are very disappointed by the humdrum and dreary appearance of this application.”

However the council also received support with other neighbours saying the site was currently unattractive and development was inevitable.

And officers said the layout was considered acceptable. They said there was already a variation of building styles in the area and that the new development would harmonise them.

Despite the officer’s recommendations however, members of the committee turned down the application on the grounds of design.