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Greenfield sites may be released for house building

By Jo Deeks on Thursday, 9th May 2002.

Greenfield sites in Haverhill will have to be released for new homes, to prevent demand outstripping supply in the town’s housing market.

Members of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s planning committee have agreed to the principle of releasing greenfield sites for development at the Hales Barn Farm site, which is seen as a strategic site to meet housing need in the town.

They also approved the contents of an urban capacity study, which said further greenfield sites would have to be released in future.

The Government has called in plans for the Hales Barn Farm site, regarding it as conflicting with the policy of using previously developed brownfield sites, rather than greenfield sites.

A public inquiry may be held to determine the future of the 43-acre site, which could accommodate up to 785 homes and enable the first section of the Haverhill - North-West Relief Road to be built.

A report to the planning committee on an urban capacity study of St Edmundsbury said only half of the housing needed could be provided on brownfield / urban sites.

At Haverhill in particular, it was considered there would be a significant slow down in the current rate of 285 homes a year being completed.

Since 1996, 1,426 new homes had been completed in the town, but with existing outstanding consents alone, there would be a slump in house building.

Officers considered there were insufficient brownfield sites in Haverhill to provide a balanced supply of new housing and greenfield sites would have to be released in the short to medium term.

Haverhill Weekly News

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