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Haverhill: 150 homes will be built on research park

PUBLISHED: 13:54 03 January 2013

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AN application to build 150 homes as part of a project to bring 2,000 jobs to west Suffolk has been approved by council planning bosses.

The Taylor Wimpey East Anglia development on the site at the western edge of Haverhill, which already has outline consent, will help finance the infrastructure of a £100million “science park”.

It is hoped the Haverhill Research Project in Hanchett End will provide an “economic boost” for the whole county and put the region on a par with Cambridge.

Following the decision by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Development Control Committee 127 homes and 23 flats – including 15 affordable units – will now be built across 8.25 acres.

Planning permission for the infrastructure works to serve the business park, housing, pub, hotel and children’s crèche was granted in January 2012.

The application also includes details financial contributions under a Section 106 agreement of £402,284 to Suffolk County Council for education and libraries and of £52,000 to Suffolk Primary Care Trust.

A further £75,000 will be spent on road and transport improvements including a cycle way along the A1307 and a contribution to a car share scheme.

The plans were passed despite three objections from residents nearby.

Witham MP Priti Patel faced questions over the prospect of a possible Cabinet return this morning in her first broadcast interview since quitting over her secret meetings with senior Israeli figures last year.

This is the last week that market traders will operate from Ipswich’s Cornhill for at least a year as work to rebuild the town centre is due to start.

Young apprentices in Haverhill have been honoured at an awards ceremony held to celebrate their successes and achievements.

Drivers are being warned they could face delays as roadworks begin at one of Ipswich’s busiest junctions this morning.

The government has still not agreed a deal to end its £50m commitment for the regional fire control “white elephant” in Cambridgeshire – nearly two years after negotiations started.

A police helicopter was involved in a search which continues this morning for a motorist involved in a single-vehicle crash in Suffolk last night.

James Blunt and Plan B have joined this year’s Newmarket Nights line-up.

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