Plans for 101 new homes refused

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 101 new homes on the edge of Stanton were dramatically thrown out by councillors on Thursday.

Officers had advised Thursday’s St Edmundsbury Planning Committee meeting to approve an application from Abbey Homes for the 3.1 hectare site between Upthorpe Road and Hepworth Road after the developer amended the plans to meet many local objections.

But councillors at the meeting decided the plans should be turned down by a majority of 13 votes to two.

Jim Thorndyke, St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor for Stanton said the development was wrong for the village.

He said: “It is good that this particular scheme was turned down but Stanton still needs to grow.

“It needs to keep growing to keep the services we have.

“There were so many things that we felt were wrong with the proposal.

“We need village homes for village people, we needed a better mix of small and large houses in the plans.

“There were 11 three storey houses in the plans - I have looked around for houses like that in Stanton and I haven’t found one.”

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