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Number of starter homes in controversial Hadleigh development proposals slashed to seven

By Jason Noble, Local Democracy Reporter

New houses stock picture. (6469605)
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Plans to build 171 homes for first-time buyers in Hadleigh will now see just seven starter properties built, it has emerged – with developers failing to submit updated documents.

Persimmon Homes originally submitted proposals for 172 homes off Ipswich Road in July 2017, with 171 earmarked as starter properties for those making their first step on the property ladder.

Further work was needed to bring the plans to a position where they could be validated by Babergh District Council’s planning department, which was completed at the end of last year.

But the developer has revealed that the plans, which are open for public consultation, are out of date and will actually see only seven starter homes built.

A Persimmon spokesman said an amended proposal for a mixed use scheme will replace the current application for 171 starter homes, adding that this would be within the next week.

It is understood that the developer had not expected the application to be validated until all the fresh documents were provided.

It means documents open for public consultation do not reflect the revised plan.

A Babergh spokesman said: “We are awaiting the amended drawings that will clarify the situation.”

The plans have already gathered more than 20 public comments, although it is not clear how many were aware of the new proposals.

The Persimmon spokesman added: “Our proposals for land off Ipswich Road would bring 172 homes, of which 35 per cent will be much-needed affordable housing in line with policy requirements, and seven starter homes.

“We are hopeful that the plans, which we believe will support the economic and social growth of Hadleigh, will be approved in March.”

It follows an admission by Persimmon in November that it had made errors at a development in Framlingham, resulting in dozens of homes being constructed to the wrong specifications.


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