Former factory site plans expected to clear first hurdle

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Proposals to build 110 homes on the site of Guildford Europe in Great Cornard could edge closer next week.

Babergh District Council’s development committee has been recommended to grant outline planning permission when members meet on Wednesday to consider the plans.

As part of the scheme, all the existing buildings would be demolished and replaced with a mixture of one to four-bedroom properties.

The main access road to the development would be via Broom Street, but this has prompted opposition in some quarters.

Great Cornard Parish Council has called for the application to be refused on the grounds of extra traffic and the fact that the site was the village’s last major employment area.

Councillor John Sayers said that although there was likely to be a demand for the homes, the issue of increased traffic should not be taken lightly.

Members of Sudbury Town Council have backed the proposals, despite stating they would prefer to see jobs created as well as homes.