Hopton plans for homes, GP surgery, village hall and green submitted in 2015 are approved
Plans years in the making are to go ahead in Hopton, after planning approval was finally granted.
The Pigeon Investment Management proposals – for an extension and alterations to Hopton Village Hall, a doctor's surgery with car parking, 37 houses including 11 affordable homes and a new village green – were submitted in 2015.
Since then GP services in the village have transferred to Stanton, but West Suffolk Council's planning decision is still good news for Hopton, according to the parish council.
Mark Filler, parish councillor, said: "We've been hanging on and hanging on for years waiting for all the boxes to be ticked, but it was all beyond our control. Now we're absolutely delighted it will finally happen.
"The only disappointment is we couldn't retain the GP as we were working hard to keep the GP here.
"But we think we've got a good range of housing being built. We want to keep this a lovely, vibrant village. We also want to be able to support our local facilities, such as the shops and school. What is coming in is going to help sustain that, so we are happy."
Cllr Filler praised the 'good mix' of houses planned, with bungalows and affordable homes included, adding Section 106 funds would refurbish and improve the village hall.
"It is a positive for the village, there is no question about that," said Cllr Filler.
" And while we're not getting a GP we still do have planning permission for a small surgery and the land for it so we haven't given up hope. We would be very interested in hearing from any practice that might like to offer services in our village."
Joanna Spicer, county councillor, said she was relieved the development could go ahead after so many years, as it had received 'an unusual level' of community support.
"The big disappointment is that since the planning application was first lodged the GP surgery in Hopton has closed and residents now have to travel to Stanton," added Cllr Spicer.
It is thought work could start next summer and take around 18 months to complete.
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