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Former brick works could be used for new homes project

PUBLISHED: 14:05 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:05 25 September 2015

The Reade Aldeburgh Brickworks

The Reade Aldeburgh Brickworks

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A former brick works and claypit quarry on the edge of Aldeburgh is set to be redeveloped with 43 new homes.

The scheme – if approved by Suffolk Coastal – would be one of the first sizeable schemes to fall under the new Community Infrastructure Levy, which has replaced legal agreements to require developers to provide funds for infrastructure, and will reap £750,000.

Of this, more than £100,000 will go to Aldeburgh Town Council for local projects.

Lowestoft-based MS Oakes Ltd has submitted the scheme for the former Reades of Aldeburgh quarry and brickmakers’ site at Brickfields Barns, Saxmundham Road.

It will involve demolition of existing redundant stores, change of use of the builders yard, which has been derelict for more than two years.

The 43 homes will include six two-bed homes, seven three-bed and 16 four-bed, plus 14 affordable properties, mainly one-bed and two-bed maisonettes and houses.

The developers held an exhibition of the proposals in Aldeburgh and said feedback was “generally positive and constructive” and there was no overwhelming opposition.

However, residents had raised a number of concerns, including the site being outside the town boundary, concerns over the impact on the landscape, and worries that the homes could be too expensive for young people.

A report submitted with the planning application said: “This is a sensitive re-development of a commercial site which will augment local amenity, taking account of the amenities presently enjoyed by existing residents, more so given that an un-neighbourly use will be removed; thus avoiding a potentially blighted area.”

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