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Plans lodged to build 75 homes near Bourne Hill aim to ‘enhance area’

PUBLISHED: 18:26 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:02 20 March 2018

Outline plans have been submitted to build 75 homes on land in Wherstead. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Outline plans have been submitted to build 75 homes on land in Wherstead. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Developers have lodged plans to build 75 homes on land in Wherstead – but insist the site’s only access through Bourne Hill will not impact on traffic.

Outline plans have been submitted to build 75 homes on land in Wherstead. Picture: GREGG BROWN Outline plans have been submitted to build 75 homes on land in Wherstead. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Pigeon Investments Management lodged outline plans for 75 homes in Klondyke Field – a portion of land situated between Bourne Hill and the A137.

The plans outline the developer’s intention to create a single point of access onto the estate from Bourne Terrace – a private road which leads onto Bourne Hill.

The application has also sought permission to transform woodland to the south of the site from private woodland into community woodland and green space.

A spokesman from Pigeon said that the application had undergone a comprehensive consultation ahead of the plans being lodged.

He added: “This high-quality scheme will bring much-needed new homes, including affordable, to a sustainable location on the edge of Ipswich, and would include a community woodland, new walking route and additional open space, which would be managed to bring forward improvements to the natural environment and provide recreation space for the local community.”

The application did not include numbers of estimated car movements, but a transport assessment carried out as part of the work ahead of the application said that the roads could facilitate the additional traffic, and added: “It is considered that the proposals will not result in any adverse impact on traffic flows along Bourne Hill.”

Christopher Hudson, Suffolk county councillor for Belstead Brook, said that the development could enhance the area, but that environment considerations would be key.

“In general I would like the opportunity to look at the positive points with development, but I also bear in mind to see exactly what the final development will look like,” he said.

Mr Hudson said fulfilling homes in green areas could be a challenge, but added: “If they can do it sensitively, and I understand they have plans to enhance the area, I think it will be an improvement.”

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