Support for town’s new development

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A developer planning to build 60 new homes in Clare has been praised for listening to the views of the town after the proposals were given the go-ahead.

Builder Charles Church was given permission to begin work on the development, which includes 18 affordable homes, on a site in Stoke Road by St Edmundsbury Borough Council on Thursday.

The application went before the council with a number of amendments following feedback from Clare Town Council, Clare Society and residents.

It had originally been feared that the area was being overdeveloped and the new homes could increase flooding problems.

Dr Alaric Pugh, a borough and town councillor, said the approval of the plans was good news.

“These plans would not have gone through if they were not suitable,” said Mr Pugh, from Well Lane.

“The affordable units are much needed and the design of the housing is very appropriate to Clare.

“I am glad the developer listened to the views of residents.”

The council had backed the plans after improvements were carried out on the town’s pumping station.

Andrew Fuller, managing director of Charles Church Anglia, said the site had been carefully planned to meet environmental and ecological requirements, with a sustainable approach to drainage using retention lagoons to maintain surface water run-off.

“Clare is a lovely location and we are very pleased to be providing a range of traditional family houses here,” he said.

“This consent follows comprehensive local consultation and the final designs have incorporated feedback received from the community and council, to reflect and complement the surrounding architecture.”

Work on the development, which will also provide two to five-bedroom houses, is expected to start early in the new year. The first homes should be available by the summer.