A heritage charity, residents association and environment agency have objected to a planning application for Moreton Hall, in Bury St Edmunds.
Last month, Taylor Wimpey submitted an application for consent to build 100 homes north of Mount Road and outline planning permission for a further 400.
The developer said it wanted to build the first homes to ‘stimulate funding for the construction’ of the Eastern Relief Road (ERR), but would allow no more than 50 to be occupied before the road was complete.
Objecting to the proposal, the Moreton Hall Residents’ Association states that Taylor Wimpey is no longer funding the road, with investment coming from the borough and county councils and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.
“There is, therefore, no need for Taylor Wimpey to use this as a reason to start building ahead of completion of the ERR,” it says, adding that the development is ‘premature’ without an agreed transport strategy in place for the whole of Bury.
Its concerns have been echoed by the Bury Society, which says it is also ‘saddened’ by the scheme’s ‘generic’ house designs.
Objecting to homes being occupied first, it says: “We are not convinced that the new homes will not significantly increase traffic on the Rougham Road which is already under severe pressure at critical times.”
In the absence of an ‘adequate’ Flood Risk Assessment (FRA), the Environment Agency has also objected.