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Plans for abandoned Cornhill Walk shopping centre to be discussed by West Suffolk Council




Controversial plans to demolish an abandoned shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds to build 48 flats, shops and a 24-hour gym will be considered on Wednesday.

Peter Murphy/Knightspur Homes wants to build the four-storey mixed-use development on the Cornhill Walk site.

But residents concerned about the proposals are planning to attend West Suffolk Council's development control committee meeting on Wednesday.

Pics from the Cornhill Walk shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds, which is now almost completly empty of shops.. (15842992)
Pics from the Cornhill Walk shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds, which is now almost completly empty of shops.. (15842992)

The Well Street Association has launched a petition against the scheme – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5ZPP2F3 – which already has hundreds of signatures.

In a letter to residents, it said: "People are becoming ever more anxious about over-development around Bury, where large scale developments will swamp the local infrastructure in all manner of ways.

"Now is the time to bring common sense and resident amenity back to the table."

Pauline Judge, who lives in Well Street, said many people who cared about the town would be at the meeting asking councillors to reject the application.

Bury Town Council is objecting to the plans on the grounds of design, over-development, overshadowing, outlook, highways issues and parking.

Suffolk Preservation Society says it welcomes redevelopment of the site, but has concerns over scale, design, visual impact, size, privacy and overlooking.

The Bury Society has also raised questions over the long-term viability of the retail units included in the scheme.

Council officers have recommended the scheme is approved.



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