Plan for 26 homes in town supported

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Sudbury town councillors lent their support to proposals for 26 homes in the town despite residents’ concerns over access.

Bloor Homes has submitted plans to build the properties, which include nine affordable homes, to the east of Melford Road with access from Clermont Avenue.

The company presented its outline plans to the town council and residents in January.

Speaking at Monday’s planning committee meeting, councillor Jan Osborne said the proposals had generated objections.

“When this came up in January, we had quite a few members of the public come along as they objected to it based on the access from Clermont Avenue and construction traffic,” she said,

Councillor Nigel Bennett explained that the impact of construction traffic could not be used as a valid planning objection, while councillor Peter Gray added: “There was some concern among residents that emergency service vehicles won’t have clear access there as they reckoned a fire engine wouldn’t be able to get through.”

The proposed site is around two-and-a-quarter acres in size. The development would consist of four one-bedroom flats, one two-bedroom bungalow, four two-bedroom houses, one three-bedroom house and 16 four-bedroom houses.

Mrs Osborne added: “It looks like Bloor Homes has put all the affordable housing together.

“In the past, we have asked developers to spread it around the site.”

Councillor Jack Owen said the committee would find it difficult to find any strong valid planning reasons to recommend refusal to the plans.

The committee agreed to recommend approval, subject to Suffolk County Council’s highways department being satisfied the access for emergency vehicles is safe and appropriate.

The application is expected to be decided by Babergh District Council’s development committee by December 18.