Stowmarket: Garages in St Edmunds Road make way for nine new homes

PLANS for the demolition of more than 60 garages to make way for nine affordable homes has received approval.

Councillors on a Mid Suffolk District Council planning committee voted to approve the plans for the former garage site in St Edmunds Road, Stowmarket, at a meeting last week.

The land is to the rear of houses between Nos. 46-60 St Edmunds Road.

Committee members heard that the site had previously been used to provide parking and had a total of 63 garages.

But the garages had not been used for several years and had become a hotspot for vandalism, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.

District councillor Duncan MacPherson, who is also a town councillor for the area, said: “Stowmarket Town Council does not object – this has been on the cards for some time. I have had no representations from anybody with any concerns.”

Councillor Ray Melvin said: “I think it is an excellent plan and it is high time it was cleared up.”

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The plans indicate there would be four one-bedroom flats, three two-bedroom bungalows and two three-bedroom semi-detached two-storey dwellings.

The existing driveway would be altered and widened along the rear of Nos. 46 and 48 St Edmunds Road.

The site was identified as a potential location for development in 2005 by Mid Suffolk.

But earlier attempts to re-develop the site were delayed.

A public consultation evening was held on July 9, to discuss the plans.

The event was attended by about 30 local people.