Fornham: Concerns remain over masterplan for new 900-home development

St Edmundsbury St Edmundsbury

Jon Vale jon.vale@archant.co.uk
Thursday, December 12, 2013
9:59 AM

Arguments over a major new masterplan for 900 homes remain unresolved as a parish council continues to raise concerns.

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Fornham borough councillor Beccy Hopfensperger presented a lengthy list of objections to the North West Bury St Edmunds masterplan at St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of Fornham All Saints parish council, whose chairman Howard Quayle was in attendance, Ms Hopfensperger said concerns remained about issues such as the link road and the buffer zone separating Fornham from the new development, which is set to extend from the back of the Howard estate and the Northern Way industrial estate. As well as providing around 900 homes, the development will provide a new link road, school and community centre.

After Ms Hopfensperger’s presentation of points, which lasted for 10 minutes, cabinet member Peter Stevens said: “I am quite alarmed there’s such a long list of differences that are still outstanding after extensive consultation with these communities. The process must be able to answer and address these.”

Other issues raised by Ms Hopfensperger included delivering the link road by 2018, having farmland as well as green space in the buffer zone, the possibility of four-storey housing and the council’s level of investment in the development.

Terry Clements, the borough’s portfolio-holder for planning and regulation, said: “I would not commit this council to any future revenue funding.

“Any funding will have to be looked at with some sort of agreement with the developer. We’ve got to be realistic about what we can deliver. This is a really good masterplan and it is a masterplan at the end of the day. The detail will all come through the development control process.”

Mr Clements added that there was a shortage of green spaces in the town and that the link road was due to be completed by 2017.

Ms Hopfensperger said the parish council had engaged with the consultation “at every opportunity”, adding: “We are so pleased to see this masterplan come forward.

“There has been an extensive consultation and the parish council are pleased with the engagement.”

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