Hopkins Homes confirms it is to press ahead with Station Road housing development in Framlingham
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The developers behind a controversial housing scheme in east Suffolk are seeking to begin construction “as soon as possible” after months of legal wrangling over affordable homes contributions.
Hopkins Homes said it was “delighted to confirm” that it is seeking to commence development of its Station Road site in Framlingham.
A company spokesman said the development would regenerate the derelict area and “create a beautiful new gateway to the town”.
Detailed proposals will be submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council later this month, which the company says provide “100 high-quality crafted homes”.
“As a local developer we are committed to preserving and enhancing the character of the communities we develop,” the spokesman added.
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“The Station Road properties have been specially designed to reflect the historical architecture of the town, and will use quality local material and suppliers.”
The development had previously been set to include 140 homes, of which 47 would have been classed as affordable.
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Hopkins Homes applied last year to have its affordable housing obligation removed from the scheme, claiming it would have not been financially viable. SCDC refused the request, however it was approved under appeal by the Planning Inspectorate in July.
District councillor Christopher Hudson said he welcomed the progress on a “terribly blighted site”.
“However, Framlingham is crying out for affordable housing and those who need it have been left high and dry,” he added.
Geoff Holdcroft, who is responsible for planning at the council, said: “There is an overwhelming need for new homes in this area and this site has now stood empty for some time. So, although we were disappointed with the Planning Inspector’s decision on the issue of the developer providing affordable housing as part of this development, Suffolk Coastal has accepted the ruling and would welcome work getting under way on this project as soon as possible.”
The scheme, which is said to sustain 150 jobs, is expected to start by the end of 2015, take three years to complete and include a £250,000 contribution towards local education.