Approval for 100 Stowupland homes – but talks for 50 homes on former Bacton school site still ongoing

Bacton Community Middle School site. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Bacton Community Middle School site. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Plans to build 100 homes in Stowupland have been given the go ahead – but proposals for 50 homes on the former Bacton Middle School site have been deferred.

Mid Suffolk District Council’s development control committee met to discuss the applications, where approval was given for 100 homes on land between Gipping Road and Church Road.

Outline plans had been granted for 175 homes by the Planning Inspectorate in May 2016 after the council refused, before submissions for the first phase of 75 properties were approved in November last year.

The second phase for 100 homes was presented to the committee, comprising 35% affordable homes and consisted of a mix of houses, bungalows and flats.

It will also feature the provision of garages, play area and green open space.

The planning committee said the roads in the area should be constructed with a sufficient width for bin lorries and emergency services to sufficiently access.

The committee also heard the application for outline plans to develop 50 homes and 3G football pitches on the former Bacton Community Middle School site in Wyverstone Road.

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The application has been deferred while a review of the proposal’s viability and affordable housing requirements is prepared.

Kathie Guthrie, chairman of Mid Suffolk’s development control committee B, said: “The committee has to consider a very wide range of applications and takes each one seriously: last week the committee spent a long time going through all the applications before us, measuring up each one before making a judgement.

“Residential developments offer different challenges [to commercial] and we take a great many factors into consideration.

“In the case of the former Bacton Middle School the committee felt that more information was needed before an informed judgement could be made, and we have requested additional details before coming to a decision.”

Historic England raised concerns on heritage grounds, asking that the open green space is located on the eastern side of the site to better preserve Bacton manor and Wyverstone Parish Church which the site lies between, rather than the west as proposed.

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