Fury at extra homes plan for estate

A FURIOUS councillor has hit out at plans to remove a limit on extra homes for a growing housing estate.

Around 1, 250 future homes have already been earmarked for a new phase of the Moreton Hall development just outside Bury St Edmunds.

A limit of 500 was placed on any further new houses on the estate in St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development plan until 2031.

But an inspector’s report into the Local Development Framework Core Strategy said he could see no reason a limit should be imposed.

Trevor Beckwith, a borough councillor for Moreton Hall said: “I am absolutely furious about this.

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“They are just not listening to us.”

The inspector recommended the plan should now read ‘around 500 homes’, which has sparked fears the estate could be burdened with too many new homes.

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Angry residents on the estate have already formed a community association to fight further development on the estate.

“I am fairly sure it is going to be more than 500 houses,” Mr Beckwith said. “The community has come together to form a residents association and this is top of the agenda.”

Despite objections, the Government planning inspector said he could not see any infrastructure limitations on extending the estate.

In its core strategy, the council claims the extra homes would not go ahead until a relief road is built to the A14 on the eastern side of town.

Land will also be earmarked for a secondary school and relocation of Bury Town Football Club in the plans.

Ian Poole, the borough’s planning policy manager, said the inspector had found the strategy was ‘sound’.

“We are satisfied we have got it right,” he said. “We have argued there is no more room for expansion beyond 500 homes on Moreton Hall.

“There will be a mixed reaction but the inspector has looked at all objections made by anyone opposing them.”

The entire plan will now be considered for approval by the cabinet on October 20 before going before full council on December 14.

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