Plan to build 16 flats in St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds, approved
Plans to demolish two disused buildings in Bury St Edmunds and build 16 flats in their place were approved yesterday.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee discussed the proposal for 46 and 47 St Andrew’s Street South – the vacant R-AGE youth centre and a former Indian takeaway, which has moved to another site – at its meeting yesterday.
Plans for the run-down commercial site have been revised several times in light of concerns, however there is still no car parking for residents included.
Suffolk County Council, as highways authority, recommended refusal of the three-story building with basement level on the grounds of lack of car parking, while neighbouring businesses and residents have also raised concerns.
However, borough councillors were recommended to approve the application, which has been submitted by Julia MacKay Properties.
The site is on the boundary of but just outside the Town Centre Conservation Area.
Bury Town Council objected due to the lack of car parking, while ward councillors Jo Rayner and Andrew Speed urged members to refuse on the grounds of scale and parking.
A report to the committee recommended approval, subject to conditions and contributions towards new play equipment in the Abbey Gardens, highways alterations and library stock.