Call goes out to find pockets of land to build new homes

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A Great Cornard councillor has urged his colleagues to suggest areas of land that could be used for new housing developments.

Tony Bavington told Great Cornard Parish Council on Monday that both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils look set to have funds to add to their stock of houses.

Mr Bavington said: “I would like to ask parish councillors to look at parcels of land that are publicly owned that we might consider for development as small pockets of houses that we need in Great Cornard.”

District councillors agreed a 30-year business plan in February 2012, involving paying a one-off debt settlement of £84million to central Government which would allow up to £106million to be reinvested into housing by 2042.

“This is quite exciting,” said Mr Bavington. “When I first got on to Babergh in 1985, we were planning to build the pitiful number of just 12 houses per year.

“In the last few years, we have had to give land to housing associations for them to build on – this is the first time we’ve had some real finances to actually do it.”

Mr Bavington explained that the process was in its very early stages and designs for suitable housing to meet the area’s demands were being investigated.

Councillors suggested the land between Pot Kiln Road and Raydon Way as one possible location.

Mark Newman said: “I think you will struggle to find land in Great Cornard as Babergh has been building on most of its land over the years.”

Mr Bavington explained: “I am not by any means saying we should build over every bit of space in the village, but we need to be thinking about whether there are opportunities.”

The council agreed to investigate the amount of publicly owned land in the area.