Plan for 43 homes on derelict factory site

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A housing developer is applying for permission to build 43 new homes and four business units off Bulmer Road in Sudbury.

The site, formerly used for light industry including a motor repairers and a furniture factory, which was demolished 10 years ago, has been left derelict and repeatedly vandalised.

According to ward councillor Simon Barrett, the plans for the three-acre site would be a great improvement on what nearby residents have to look at.

He said: “I do not have any views on the application personally, but I think residents are probably fed up with looking at a pig sty because this area has been left derelict for at least 10 years. It is very untidy.”

Southend-based Sandhurst Homes has applied for outline planning permission for a mix of homes and business units.

It wants to build a total of six one and two-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom houses, 28 three-bedroom houses and five four-bedroom homes.

But the developer says it will not be able to build affordable housing because it says the site cannot support them financially.

The planning application is the third to be submitted for the site – plans for 48 houses were refused in 2008 and another application for 43 houses was refused in June 2012.

In a planning statement, Sandhurst officials say there has been extensive marketing of the site in a bid to find an industrial use, but with no success.

The application will be discussed by town councillors at a meeting on Monday.