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Developers to look at council's grounds for refusing Project site plan

Monday, 25th October 2010.

The developers whose scheme to bring shops to Haverhill, on the former Project site in Ehringshausen Way, was refused last week are taking a careful look at the reasons.

The £12million scheme was refused planning permission by St Edmundsbury Borough Council's development control committee at a meeting in Haverhill on Thursday morning.

HPG Developments had applied for permission to build four shops, a drive-thru restaurant for McDonalds, a builders' merchants for Wickes, 11 business start-up units and nine warehouses.

In a statement the company said: "HPG Developments is disappointed by the council’s decision to refuse its much-needed regeneration proposals for Haverhill, and is now reviewing the grounds for the decision before deciding on its next steps."

Meanwhile Haverhill's MP Matthew Hancock who, HPG claimed at the meeting, had backed the plan, was cautious in his response.

Matthew said: “I strongly support the continued development of Haverhill, and the improvement of sites like Hamlet Green.

"It is important development does not damage the town centre, and it's for the council to judge whether any particular development is right for the town.

"I hope that another proposal is brought forward soon to make sure that we can improve Haverhill for everyone.”

The council refused the plan on the grounds that it was contrary to the Local Plan policies, that it might harm the viability of the town centre, and that Anglian Water objected because it was within 400m of the sewage treatment works and its users might compain of odours.

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