New housing on former farmland approved

Land off The Street in Badwell Ash, for 21 homes to be built. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Land off The Street in Badwell Ash, for 21 homes to be built. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Archant

Final approval has been given to buildĀ 21 homes on former farmland in Badwell Ash, after concerns over parking were ironed out.

The development of 21 homes by Chatsworth Homes Ltd at Warren Farm secured outline planning permission in August 2019.

But the approval of the final matters regarding layout, scale and appearance presented to Mid Suffolk District Council's development control committee last month was deferred because of parking issues.

Land off The Street in Badwell Ash, for 21 homes to be built. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Land off The Street in Badwell Ash, for 21 homes to be built. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Archant

The committee said the parking court in the south-west corner of the site and tandem parking for three cars in a line for several homes were not deemed acceptable.

Revised plans were presented to the committee on Wednesday morning, where unanimous approval was given.

Councillor Andrew Stringer said: "I think this is a classic case of a committee adding considerable value to a development."

Cllr Andrew Stringer said there were too many homes planned for the A14 corridor. Picture: SARAH LU

Cllr Andrew Stringer said there were too many homes planned for the A14 corridor. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

He added: "The parish council are now pretty much on board with this and, frankly, we have got as good a scheme as we were likely to get here."

The developers were praised for working with council officers to iron out the concerns raised by the committee last month.

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Seven of the 21 homes will be affordable and 14 market properties with a mix of bungalows and two-four bed homes are all planned.

The revised plans have removed the parking court at the back and reconfigured the layout, so those homes have parking spaces in front now.

Tandem spaces have also been removed across the site.

Graham Bloomfield, from William H Brown, agents on behalf Chatsworth, said: "We consider the scheme addresses the points from the November committee meeting that saw the application deferred.

"The current proposal retains the same high quality, landscape-led scheme that was largely considered positively by members last time around, however we accept the need to address the points that were raised."

Mr Bloomfield said the revisions actually had the added bonus of larger gardens for some of the homes.

The decision represents the final approval needed for work to begin, although the timescale for work has not been disclosed.