Homes plan for factory site must address residents’ traffic worries

CAREFUL CONSIDERATION: John Sayers on the site of the former Guilford Performance Textiles factory.
CAREFUL CONSIDERATION: John Sayers on the site of the former Guilford Performance Textiles factory.

A former factory in Great Cornard, which has stood empty for two years, could be demolished to make way for more than 100 homes.

ERLP 2 Ltd – a company which buys and sells retail estate – is seeking outline planning permission to build 110 houses on the site of Guilford Performance Textiles in Radiator Road.

The factory, which used to supply upholstery to the motor vehicle industry, closed in 2010 after Guilford Europe streamlined its business. Ninety-five people lost their jobs.

Mick Cornish, chairman of Great Cornard Parish Council, said it was time something was done with the redundant land but he had reservations about the number of homes.

“Something needs to be done on the site to make it habitable, but this seems like rather a lot of houses,” he said.

Tentative proposals for the development were presented to the council and villagers in October, prompting concerns over a lack of parking along Radiator Road and the proposed access from Broom Street and Phillips Field Road.

Peter Beer, a Babergh district councillor for Great Cornard, said these issues needed to be taken into account.

“The site has been a massive concern to local people for some time and I hope the applicant has taken residents’ opinions on board,” he said.

Sudbury Town Council’s planning committee will discuss the applicant’s proposals for access on to the three hectare site on Monday.

Committee vice-chairman Jan Osborne said houses were needed.

“We need more housing, especially affordable housing, and it is much more appropriate that homes are built on brownfield sites,” she said.