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Officers recommend giving 130-home scheme in Bramford the green light

PUBLISHED: 20:15 03 January 2016

Mid Suffolk District Council offices in Needham Market.

Mid Suffolk District Council offices in Needham Market.

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Planning officers have recommended giving the green light to a 130-home development in a Suffolk village.

Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC)’s planning committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss the outline proposals put forward by Cemex UK Properties Ltd, to build 130 homes on land adjacent to the Bramford playing field on The Street.

It is not yet known what types of homes will be built – although some will be affordable – or how many bedrooms they would have.

In September, Cemex UK’s community affairs manager Ian Southcott said the proposals included nearly five hectares of open space to the adjacent Bramford Meadows.

He added: “We believe the site provides a natural extension to Bramford and represents an opportunity for the local authority to meet the needs of an expanding population and for the community to evolve in a sustainable and acceptable way with a development that responds to the attributes of the site and the local village context.” The report that will be issued to planning members, written by MSDC, says that during the consultation period Bramford Parish Council considered the application but did not say whether it backed the scheme or not.

It lists issues received by residents, including concerns about visibility and on-road parking near the site, capacity concerns at nearby schools, inadequate public transport and safety during construction. Residents also noted the history of flooding on the site.

However, the report states that the application included a flood risk assessment that has been assessed by Suffolk County Council floods team, to which no objections were raised.

In the conclusion to the report, it states: “The site is outside of a defined settlement and is not an allocated site.

“However, the site abuts the settlement boundary of a key service centre and is well related to a range of services and facilities in the area.

“Whilst a significant addition to the housing provision in Bramford, the proposed development is considered to be a sustainable addition to housing supply with potential to secure a good quality development through the submission of a reserved matters application.”

Officers recommend giving the application approval, subject to Section 106 contributions, which include a pre-school provision of £79,183, £961,935 towards education and £28,080 towards libraries.

The committee meeting begins at the council chamber in Needham Market at 9.30am.

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