Saxmundham could get 800 extra homes as housing, school and country park unveiled
PUBLISHED: 11:41 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 13 June 2017
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Proposals have been put forward to build 225 new homes, primary school and country park on the edge of an east Suffolk market town – reaching to its nearest village.
The 50-acre project for Saxmundham has been drawn up by Hopkins Homes, and would use farmland stretching from South Entrance alongside and partly straddling the B1121, next to the rail line, as far as Benhall Green.
Saxmundham has already had nearly 500 new homes built in the past few years with developments of around 160 homes to the north of the town off Rendham Road, and work taking place on a phased 315-home project by Hopkins Homes off Church Hill.
However, with Suffolk Coastal District Council now working on a review of its housing needs land for thousands of extra homes could be required over the next 15 years.
Currently the local plan provides for 7,900 homes but this could rise to 11,000 and the council last year asked landowners and other stakeholders to suggest possible sites.
It is suggested that 800 new homes could be earmarked for Saxmundham – which would be enough to support provision of a new 210-place primary school – and there is a lack of suitable sites.
Planning consultants Armstrong Rigg Planning, for Hopkins Homes, said: “Hopkins Homes have entered into early discussions with Suffolk County Council in respect of the potential of the site to accommodate a primary school alongside housing development in order to address this local need.
“The current proposals were positively received and it was confirmed that the site is well connected for future growth.”
The school could be built as either a Free School or paid for via contributions from housing developers.
The site at South Entrance – which has not been the subject of any previous planning applications – would feature 225 homes along with around five acres set aside for a school, and the rest of the land devoted to a country park for the public to use.
The parkland area would be kept open to allow views across to listed Hurts Hall.
Armstrong Rigg are asking Suffolk Coastal if an Environmental Statement will be needed for a planning application, which could be submitted within the next few weeks.