First phase of homes for north-west Bury St Edmunds development to go before planning committee today

The land alongside Tut Hill in Bury which is proposed for development.

The land alongside Tut Hill in Bury which is proposed for development. - Credit: Archant

Detailed plans for the first phase of homes in a major development in north-west Bury St Edmunds will be ruled on today.

Members of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s planning committee are set to discuss the proposal by Countryside Properties for 126 homes – the first phase of a 900-property scheme – in land off Tut Hill at Fornham All Saints.

This is the first full planning application to be decided in relation to the five key sites earmarked for major development around the town, which were outlined in the borough’s Vision 2031 local plan.

Countryside Properties was granted planning permission for the entire site last year, including full approval for the relief road and outline approval for residential development.

Planning officers have recommended the proposals for the first phase, which would be accessed from the southern end of the relief road which will link Tut Hill with Mildenhall Road, are approved.

In a statement submitted with the planning application, the developer has said the scheme, dubbed Marham Park, would provide a safe and secure environment, low-carbon homes featuring the highest design standards and would contribute positively to the local economy through the creation of jobs.

It said: “As a result of these wide-ranging economic, environmental and social benefits, the proposed development meets all of the sustainability requirements of national and local policy and provides a well-designed, climate resilient new community.”

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The officers’ report added that this first phase of the development would comprise 25% affordable homes, although in total the whole site would deliver 30%.

Fornham All Saints Parish Council has said it is supportive of the application. “Generally the parish council supports the mix and density and is in agreement that the layout and design is as proposed during the consultation period.”

The Bury Society asked that the overall development embraces designs of a “more contemporary nature”, but the report said public opinion had been clearly in favour of a more traditional approach.

The report added all matters relating to archaeological investigation are addressed by the conditions already attached to the outline planning permission and the developer is working closely with the Suffolk County Archaeology department.

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