FORTY-FIVE new homes are planned for a former factory site in Lavenham and last night a special meeting was held to examine what is a major scheme for the medeival village,
Knight Developments from Kelveden in Essex has drawn up plans for a mix of 45 homes and garages, with community open space. It will also include some affordable housing.
The homes, a mixture of two and three bedroomed homes, town houses and flats are proposed for the 1.48 hectare site to the north of the village, formerly the Amorex factory. The site is bordered by Bury Road, Frogs Hall Road and Preston Road, the latter has two access points for the new estate.
Residents attended an exhibition of the plans held on Saturday in Lavenham Village Hall where they were invited to comment on the scheme.
Lavenham Parish Council chairman Roy Whitworth said the application had come up at its meeting last week but it had needed more information from Babergh District Council and so had called last night’s meeting to discuss the plans.
Mr Whitworth said the public exhibition had resulted in comments both good and bad from the public.
He said concerns about the site access from Preston Road were included in those comments. “It’s a big development when you consider it in relation to the percentage of housing in Lavenham. People have comments both good and bad and they will all be considered when we debate it on Thursday,” he said earlier this week. Meetings were held between the developer and Babergh District Council earlier this year before Knight Developments submitted its planning application.
The site was originally ruled out as housing by Babergh because of its continued employment use. But because there had been no success in finding a buyer for the site with employment use, the proposal is to use it for housing. A design and access statement says that the scheme duplicates the ‘degree of tight knit enclosure’ that is typical of the village.
Babergh District Council’s development control committee will make the final decision.