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Retirement flats proposal for former Lloyds bank site in Bury St Edmunds to be considered

The future of a prominent Bury St Edmunds site could be decided next week.

The former Lloyds bank building, in Risbygate Street, is earmarked for 50 retirement flats in plans to be considered by West Suffolk Council’s development control committee on Wednesday.

Applicant Churchill Retirement Living wants to build 50 apartments – including 34 one-bedroom apartments and 16 two-bedroom apartments – communal facilities and car parking on the site, which is at the corner of Parkway.

Plans for 50 retirement flats in Risbgygate Street, Bury St Edmunds could win approval (22691880)
Plans for 50 retirement flats in Risbgygate Street, Bury St Edmunds could win approval (22691880)

The existing building would be demolished and a three-and-a-half storey complex built in its place.

Churchill originally planned 49 flats, however this increased to 50 following design changes.

Nelson Road residents have raised concerns over the scheme’s scale and height, overlooking, loss of privacy, over-development of site and insufficient parking.

Bury Town Council has objected on the grounds of poor design and height.

Suffolk Highways removed its holding objection after Churchill agreed to construct a pedestrian crossing in Risbygate Street.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme is approved.

- Wednesday’s committee will also consider proposals for Rougham and Lakenheath.

In Rougham, outline plans by Bloor Homes and Sir George Agnew for land adjacent to Fishwick Corner, Thurston Road, include 210 homes, open space and junction improvements.

While the majority of the development is in Mid Suffolk, the proposal was referred to West Suffolk’s development control committee as the Fishwick Corner junction is within the district.

The scheme – recommended for approval – would see a staggered junction created.

Meanwhile, plans for up to 375 homes, primary school and access on to Station Road, in Lakenheath, are recommended for approval.

The scheme, granted consent in September 2018, has been returned to the committee due to ‘material changes in circumstances’.

The committee will also consider amendments to 67 homes off Briscoe Way, Lakenheath, where Bennett Homes wants to see conditions relating to sound levels changed and removed. It is recommended for approval.

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