Haverhill: Plans for 150 homes set to be approved

AN application to build 150 homes as part of a project to bring 2,000 jobs to west Suffolk has been recommended for approval by council planning bosses.

The Taylor Wimpey East Anglia development on the site at the western edge of Haverhill, which already has outline consent will help finance the infrastructure of a �100million “science park”.

It is hoped the Haverhill Research Project in Hanchett End will provide an “economic boost” for the whole county and put the region on a par with Cambridge.

According to the application that will be considered by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Thursday, 127 homes and 23 flats – including 15 affordable units – will be built across 8.25 acres.

Planning permission for the infrastructure works to serve the business park, housing, pub, hotel and children’s cr�che was granted in January 2012.

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The documents, which claim that the research park could prevent “out-migration to jobs in Cambridge”, also include details of financial contributions under a Section 106 agreement of �402,284 to Suffolk County Council for education and libraries and of �52,000 to Suffolk Primary Care Trust.

A further �75,000 will be spent on road and transport improvements including a cycle way along the A1307 and a contribution to a car share scheme.

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Justin Friend, Chairman of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, said the research park would help put Haverhill “on the map”.

He added that an increase in “executive housing” in Haverhill would help people “live and spend money” in the town.

Three objections have been received from residents nearby, who raised concerns about flooding issues, the height of the development and the length of time it would take for any “woodland buffer” to screen their properties from the site.

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