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Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Councillors are being asked to approve plans for the first major housing development to come before them as part of a masterplan for the future of the Bury St Edmunds area.
Countryside Properties is proposing to build up to 991 new homes between the Howard and Mildenhall estates and the village of Fornham All Saints.
The three-part application, including an outline planning application for the residential development and associated facilities, is going before St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee on January 2.
However, an independent inspector is not holding a public inquiry into the council’s Vision 2031 blueprint for future growth – which includes the north-west Bury site – until January 28 to February 12.
Countryside Properties’ plans also include a link road from Mildenhall Road to Tut Hill, to turn 15.7hectares of land between new link road and Fornham All Saints into “informal countryside recreation space” and a local centre - which could be used for retail and health provision - as well as land for primary education and public open space including allotments and play areas.
Borough council officers have recommended the committee approves the application.
Their report said: “This application is referred to planning committee as it is considered to have district-wide significance.
“It is the first of the strategic growth sites for Bury St Edmunds identified in the adopted Core Strategy.
“The site has been the subject of significant public engagement through the preparation and adoption of a concept statement and a masterplan.
“The masterplan addressed many issues, including the distribution of land uses, the location of the link road and the nature of the strategic buffer between Bury St Edmunds and Fornham All Saints.”
A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said councillors could decide on this application ahead of the public inquiry as it was based on the approved masterplan, but that a detailed application for the development would need to be submitted at a later stage.