Developer makes bid for 54 homes and offices on derelict GAH factory site at Melton
PUBLISHED: 14:47 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 07 June 2017
A former factory site which has stood derelict for 12 years could be developed with 54 new homes and offices to provide jobs for 32 people.
The old GAH (Refrigeration) premises in Melton Road, Melton, have been granted planning permission for a series of projects over the past decade – including a care home, sheltered housing and a housing scheme for over 55s – but none have come to fruition.
Now Hitcham-based GJ Braithwaite Construction Ltd has applied to build 54 new homes, including 13 affordable properties, plus 540 sq m of office space, which it calculates could provide 20 full-time and 12 part-time jobs.
In documents supporting the application, Woodbridge-based chartered surveyors and architects Bennetts said the Melton Neighbourhood Plan did not consider there was a need to keep the GAH site for industry, earmarking the area between Wilford Bridge and Dock Lane for employment.
Bennetts said: “The former GAH factory, as a result of its position, scale and appearance, had an obtrusive impact on the locality and wider Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and was poorly related to the use and character of adjacent residential streets.
“The application aims to address these strategic and local policy issues in a proposal for a predominantly residential development, whilst maintaining some compatable employment and mixed use space on the site.”
The aim is to address the area’s particular housing needs with a mix of properties including 22 one-bed homes and four two-bed, with the remainder mainly three-bed family housing.
The Neighbourhood Plan also expressed the need for small to medium sized premises to enable current but expanding businesses to stay in Melton.
Melton Parish Council’s planning and transport committee has given its support to the proposal to regenerate the 3.2-acre brownfield site and has recommended Suffolk Coastal council approves the application.
Councillors were concerned though that adequate parking is made available for the business units, as well as access for deliveries.
They were pleased at moves to create new habitat areas next to the railway line and asked that appropriate arrangements are put in place to ensure proper ongoing management of these.