Town developers ask communities for their wish list

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A BLANK canvas for development at five major sites in Bury St Edmunds has been presented to communities at consultation events this week.

Developers have been asking people for a wish list and asking them what they think will be the future issues they need to tackle.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has already approved its core strategy for the next 20 years, which states how many homes are to be built at each of the sites. The feedback from the ongoing consultation will eventually be used by developers to create a more specific detailed masterplan for each of the five sites.

Taylor Wimpey is the developer at Moreton Hall. Its brief includes 500 new homes, a secondary school, a new home for Bury Town Football Club and an Eastern Relief Road. Issues raised at consultation include traffic congestion, parking, public transport, while over-subscription to the existing schools was highlighted as a future concern.

Berkeley is the developer for the Compiegne Way site – it aims to create a Great Barton bypass, reduce congestion at the A14 junctions and deliver 1,250 homes.

“At this stage, we are interested in what people feel are the key issue which would be relevant to new development,” said John Kelly, from Berkley. Exhibitions take place at Great Barton Village Hall today from 10.30am-7pm and tomorrow from 10.30am -1pm.

The site towards Fornham All Saints includes a brief for 900 homes and a link road to the village. Exhibitions take place today at the Anselm Community Centre from 2.30-6pm and tomorrow from 10.30am-1pm at Fornham All Saints Community Centre.

Hopkins Homes are behind the development for the South East site, which is to include 1,250 homes.

Bellway Homes, the developers of a site near Westley, are putting together a jigsaw that will include 450 new homes, a village relief road, and a new campus for West Suffolk Hospital.