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Council warned over town's strategic growth plans

Friday, 20th November 2009.

In the run-up to a crucial decision about its plans for future development in Haverhill, St Edmundsbury Council members have been warned their ideas may get them into costly delays.

Monday sees members of the borough council's sustainable development panel sitting down to agree the core strategy of their Local Development Framework up to 2031.

Developers Carisbrooke have all along been challenging the council's 'favoured option' of putting all the required development on the north side of the town, beyond Chalkstone.

They want some of the sites they control in west Haverhill near the Gateway roundabout to take some of the development.

During the consultation process various objections to the council's favoured option have been made and panel members on Monday will be considering a report from planning officers resisting any major changes.

Among the key issues which came out of the consultations are concerns about the environmental impact of putting all the development in one place, the impact on Kedington, and the need for a north-eastern relief road, which has been drafted as going through the golf course.

Carisbrooke are continuing to lead the way in objecting and this week have written to each councillor explaining their position.

The core strategy will have to go before a planning inquiry in April 2010, and Carisbrooke claim if the council persists in its current thinking, the document could be found to be 'unsound'.

This, Carisbrooke warns councillors, 'would bring implications for the council in terms of both delays and cost'.

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