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Take a look: Designs for 160 new homes approved by council

PUBLISHED: 09:51 20 September 2018

Halesworth Town sign
Picture: Nick Butcher

Halesworth Town sign Picture: Nick Butcher

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The designs of more than 150 new homes to built in Halesworth were passed at a council meeting despite worries around sewerage and drainage.

The external design of the one bedroom house. Picture: Hopkins HomesThe external design of the one bedroom house. Picture: Hopkins Homes

The development, near Holton Road and to the north and east of Hill Farm Road, will see 160 homes built on open land, and was given approval by Waveney District Council in March earlier this year.

Plans approved by councillors on Tuesday, September 18, detailed the number and type of houses that will be built, their design, and landscaping.

Of the 103 open market houses, 36 will have two bedrooms, 48 will have three bedrooms, and 19 will have four bedrooms.

There will also be 55 affordable homes included in the development, with 24 being one bedroom houses, 24 two bedroom, six three bedroom, and one four bedroom.

The external design of the four bedroom house. Picture: Hopkins HomesThe external design of the four bedroom house. Picture: Hopkins Homes

The development’s design was criticised by Halesworth Town Council in their comments to the committee.

They had resolved to recommend refusal due to “too many four bedroom open market houses, too few three bedroom affordable homes, far too many one bedroom affordable units and the sizes of the latter were considered to small.”

Halesworth Town Council also criticised the “unimaginative style and the method of separation of the affordable housing” and the “inadequate consideration given to positioning of parking spaces and the lack of visitor parking provision on the site”.

Along with district councillor Tony Goldson who raised the same issue at the committee meeting on Tuesday, the town council also raised their concerns about potential issues from the development due to previous flooding being reported in the area.

Those concerns were not reflected by Anglian Water. The papers for the meeting stated: “[Anglian Water] have confirmed in the contect of the outline application that capacity both in the network and treatment work existed and was sufficient for this proposal.”

However, planning officers praised the “attractive design” at the meeting, and in the papers described it as “well designed proposal with a comprehensive sustainable drainage design”.

The Design Out Crime Police Officer also praised the development, and said: “Natural surveillance is generally good and there is clear definition of public, communal and private space.”

The application was approved unanimously at the meeting.

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