Vision inquiry draws to close

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A public inquiry into a council’s blueprint for growth including plans for 5,900 homes in the Bury St Edmunds area drew to a close this week.

The examination into the legal compliance and soundness St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Vision 2031 framework was held over eight days - scutinising issues such as travel and infrastructure as well as the policy for the Leg of Mutton site - with submissions from residents, groups, developers and councillors.

Independent Inspector Roger Clews will report his findings to the authority, which will have to consult on any changes he requires before the blueprint can be officially adopted.

It follows three years of public consultation over the proposals, which would see the majority of new homes built around the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds at five strategic sites. They include 900 near Fornham All Saints, 500 at Moreton Hall, 1,250 at the Great Barton side of Moreton Hall between the A143 and railway, 450 near Westley and 1,250 near Rougham.

At the opening of the inquiry, Ian Poole, place shaping manager for the authority, said: “The council considers the respective Vision 2031 documents will successfully meet the development needs of St Edmundsbury up to 2031 and can, with appropriate modifications, be found sound.”