Plans for 23 homes in Bixley Drive, Rushmere, withdrawn ahead of revised proposal this autumn

The Bixley Farm site has undergone development over the last 20 years. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The Bixley Farm site has undergone development over the last 20 years. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Developers for a plot of land in Rushmere St Andrew have withdrawn an application to build 23 homes – but have said an updated proposal is likely to be submitted later this year.

Housing developer Chater Homes has been developing the Bixley Farm site for more than 20 years over a number of different phases.

The latest stint – phase eight of the development – was due to feature 23 homes being built off Bixley Drive, but Chater has confirmed that it has withdrawn the application for amendments.

A spokesman from the firm said: “That [updated application] can be expected to come in future months.

“It is all still being determined with our advisors, and the number of houses has been subject to change.

“They were very mindful of comments [during the consultation period] so it is still a working thing.”

The firm was unable to give a date on when the updated application will be submitted, but is expected by planners at Suffolk Coastal District Council later this year.

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Work by Chater in Bixley Farm began in 1992 when the first phase of work was approved.

Over the last two decades scores of homes have been built on the Bixley Farm site to become one of the key housing estates in east Ipswich.

The developer will still need to seek full planning permission to carry out the final planned phase of work.

A handful of comments had been submitted during the consultation objecting to the development, which Chater is hoping to address in its revised proposal.

Among the concerns were amount of parking, effect on wildlife and lack of traffic-calming measures for speeding vehicles.

Agents Feilder and Mawson in the application said: “Being in a well developed residential area it has good facilities and is well served by public transport making it an ideal location for family dwellings.

“Existing dwellings surrounding the site will be respected, with proposed dwellings placed in suitable locations to reduce overlooking.

“Existing building lines along Bixley Drive will be continued, to give fluidity between the existing and the proposed dwellings.”

The proposals are for largely four and five bed homes.