More than 120 new homes will be built in a village near Bury St Edmunds after council planners gave them the green light despite objections. 

Last Friday, Mid Suffolk District Council approved a hybrid application for 112 homes and nine self-build plots on land to the north of Norton Road in Thurston, to the east of Bury in the Mid Suffolk district.

Applicant Linden (Thurston) LLP asked for full planning permission for the homes, 43 of which would be affordable, complete with access, infrastructure, landscaping and amenity space, as well as outline permission for nine self-build plots situated around the northern edge of the site. 

The now-approved plans are the third phase of a wider 200-home development for which outline planning permission was granted in March 2018 and which has already seen 87 homes approved in phase one and 53 approved in phase two. 

The approval of the 112 new homes and nine self-build plots has taken the total number of homes at the development to 261 – 61 more than the 2018 outline plans granted. 

Thurston Parish Council said it "strongly objected" to the proposals and said the plans failed to "provide demonstrable evidence that it meets the objective of sustainable development by meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". 

The parish council said the scheme was "overcrowded" and would "fail to promote high-quality design". 

Meanwhile, neighbours raised issues over flooding, traffic, and the impact of the site on the area, amongst other things. 

The plans, which include 217 parking spaces, 26 garage spaces and 15 visitor spaces, were approved by Mid Suffolk District Council despite the concerns.

Developers now have three years to begin work on the estate before the permission expires.