Detailed plans for 86 homes in Suffolk village submitted

Land off School Road in Elmswell where 86 homes are to be developed.

Land off School Road in Elmswell where 86 homes are to be developed. - Credit: Google Maps

Detailed plans for 86 homes in Elmswell have been submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council.

The project, submitted by Bloor Homes, was granted outline planning permission in January 2021.

The scheme covers an area of just over 14 acres, on land off School Road, Elmswell, and includes a mix of one, two, three and four-bed homes, including 30 earmarked for affordable housing.

The planning statement for the project, prepared by James Bailey Planning, says: "The benefits of the scheme include: delivery of an agreed level of housing, within an agreed sustainable location for Elmswell; a green frontage onto School Road, which will include open space; improved landscaping and green infrastructure that will add to the setting of this location; land for early years setting, protection and retention of important trees, and delivery of the cycleway and footway forming part of the wider project between Elmswell and Woolpit.

"In conclusion, the land north and west of School Road, Elmswell is an emerging allocated site, and already benefits from outline planning consent."

It added: "The site is considered to be a very sustainable location, and the proposed development is in keeping with the principles agreed as part of the outline planning permission and is also in accordance with local and national policy and guidance."

Included in the development is a new pre-school.

"The location of the early years setting has evolved during discussions with the planning officer and locally elected members and has moved from the centre of the site, to the frontage and now in its preferred location in the north-east of the site.

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"The School Road frontage was not favoured in response to concerns with cars and dropping off. The early years setting is well connected to the existing community as well as being key to the new development providing a focus for the community," the planning statement added.

Another concern at outline stage was around an historic oak tree on the proposed site.

The planning statement says it would be retained and the land for the cycleway will be widened to take the tree into account.

"The oak tree has also been integrated into the design of the road scheme to slow traffic as they approach the corner of School Road and benefited from additional landscaping at this point."