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Outline plans for 200 homes in Halesworth set for green light

PUBLISHED: 17:50 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 17 April 2018

Land off Chediston Street in Halesworth where outline plans for 200 homes have been submitted. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Land off Chediston Street in Halesworth where outline plans for 200 homes have been submitted. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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Outline plans to build 200 homes in Halesworth are set to get the go ahead tomorrow night as proposals have been recommended for approval.

Christchurch Land and Estates Ltd submitted outline plans in September last year, proposing to construct homes on land south of Chediston Street, which last month was allocated for housing in the final draft local plan.

Waveney District Council’s planning committee will meet at 6pm tomorrow, where the item has been recommended to be approved.

Christchurch’s plans said it had been “carefully developed” and was suitable for residential development within the existing infrastructure.

It added that it would be an integrated community with a “sensitive relationship to the existing settlement and countryside setting”.

If given the go ahead, the proposals aim to create 70 affordable homes – 35% of the 200 planned, with five of those being self-build plots.

It will also include contributions towards a new pre-school, an extension of the 30mph speed limit in Chediston Street, bus stop improvements, open space and contributions towards safely moving habitats.

The committee’s report added: “The site has good access to employment premises in the town, the railway station and the primary school.

“With development to the south of the site and to the east, the site is considered to be in a sustainable location.”

A public exhibition was held in February last year at Rifle Hall in Halesworth, where concept designs, maps and masterplan were available to see.

The plans have resulted in 32 formal objections from neighbours on a host off issues, including the existing GP surgeries and schools being at capacity, lack of cycling provision, wildlife concerns and flood risk.

Halesworth Town Council has also formally recommended refusal following an extraordinary meeting of the town council.

The committee report noted that the site lies outside of the physical boundaries of Halesworth, but the council was not able to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land.

A spokesman on behalf of the developers said they would comment after the application had been decided.

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