Bury St Edmund: Taylor Wimpey reveals detailed plans for 550-home development

A drawing on the proposed new Taylor Wimpey development at Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds.

A drawing on the proposed new Taylor Wimpey development at Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Contributed

A developer has revealed detailed plans for a 550-home scheme at Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds.

On Tuesday, more than 160 people attended Taylor Wimpey’s public exhibition on the proposals, which also include a secondary school, affordable homes and public open space.

The developer is asking for public feedback ahead of submitting outline and then detailed planning applications for the project.

There will be 100 properties in the first phase of the development, known as Lark Grange, with Taylor Wimpey hoping the first homes will be available in 2015.

The estimated £18million cost of the Eastern Relief Road, to link the eastern edge of Moreton Hall to the A14 at junction 45, would be funded by the developer.

Mark Edmonds, planning and technical director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We were delighted to see so many people attend our exhibition – their valuable feedback will be used to inform our proposals. There is still time for those who could not make our event to view our proposals and let us know what they think by visiting our website.”

A couple living in Sycamore Drive in Moreton Hall said they had been unaware of plans for the development when they bought their home two years ago.

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Alison Field, 29, who has one child, said she and her husband were concerned about the new development’s impact on the value of their home.

She added: “It’s nice and quiet round here at the moment and we have a dog and we walk him on the airfield.”

Mrs Field and husband Tim, 33, accepted the scheme would bring benefits, such as a secondary school and jobs in the building industry, but they were unsure there were any benefits for them.

Keith Allchin, who has run the Flying Fortress pub with his wife Rosemary for 25 years, expressed his concern over the future viability of the business, which is currently surrounded by fields but is set to be surrounded by houses.

The housing could bring new customers but he said it was a “two-edged sword”.

He said: “We get an awful lot of customers come because it’s out in the middle of a field. I’m not sure if so many will come if it’s in the middle of a housing estate.”

He is worried the pub will lose some car parking and garden space which he says is needed for the business to be viable.

The site, to the east of Moreton Hall and up to the railway line, has been identified as a key growth area in the borough council’s Vision 2031 blueprint for future growth.

Feedback received at the event on Tuesday will help inform the content of the Taylor Wimpey masterplan for the site, before the planning applications are submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

For more information, and to comment, visit www.taylorwimpeymoretonhall.co.uk

The deadline for feedback is 5pm on August 9.