Affordable homes given go-ahead on grazing meadows next to A12 at Martlesham
PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 November 2016
Developers are ready to press ahead with plans for a significant number of “desperately-needed” affordable homes after the go-ahead was given for the project on an eight-acre site at Martlesham
Michael Howard Homes and Chater Community Homes were granted consent by Suffolk Coastal’s planning committee for 47 properties, but 22 will be classed as affordable, eight more than would be expected for a scheme of this size.
Shallish Associates Ltd, on behalf of the developers, said: “The affordable dwellings are all two-bedroom single storey dwellings to meet an identified need.
“The affordable housing element equates to approximately 47% of the proposed dwellings.
“The remaining 25 open market dwellings provide a mix of three, four and five bedroom, two storey homes, meeting an identified requirement for family housing.”
It is intended 50% of the affordable housing will be discounted market sale housing at a 20% discount on market rates and the remainder split 50-50 between rented and shared equity properties.
The site is at the end of Black Tiles Lane, land previously used for meadows and grazing horses, backing onto the A12.
The scheme also includes open space, and a 28-bay new car park for Beacon Hill Primary School and a nearby play area and BMX track.
Planning officers say the site is within easy reach of services and facilities, including a secondary school, primary school, public house, buildings of worship and shops.
Martlesham Parish Council had objected to the development as the site is outside the village boundary, has not been identified for housing in the Neighbourhood Plan, and voiced “serious concerns” over the volume of traffic on Black Tiles Lane due to the primary school, the Education Centre and the popular Post Office.