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.

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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.

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