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North-west Haverhill go-ahead is 'great news' for town

Friday, 6th June 2014.

Planners yesterday gave the go-ahead to the outline proposal for the latest huge housing development in the town - over 100 acres providing over 1,100 new homes.

The site, known as North-west Haverhill, would be the last piece in the jigsaw to complete the expanded town as envisaged by Sir Frederick Gibberd in his masterplan over 40 years ago.

It includes a completion of the north-west relief road, linking the A143 Bury road with the A1307 Cambridge Road.

The applications cover construction of a relief road, associated works and a landscape buffer. residential development, a primary school, a local centre including retail and community uses, public open space, landscaping, infrastructure, servicing and other associated works.

Cllr Terry Clements, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s portfolio holder for planning and transport, welcomed the decision.

He said: “This growth represents opportunity for the town in terms of jobs. Our officers have worked hard to negotiate on this scheme.

"It could deliver a fantastic, long-awaited relief road that everyone in Haverhill has been pushing for, a new primary school, affordable housing, health facilities as well as a retail area, community facilities and open space.

“The expansion of the town will also see it become a focus point for developing new employment opportunities. It is great news.”

The plan, approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council's development control committee yesterday, allows a period of five years for the road to be completed.

There had been pressure for planners to ensure the road was built before any more houses went up, but at the Vision 2031 planning inquiry, the inspector accepted this was not realistic and would reduce other community elements required in the plan because of the required outlay from developers before any return.

There was broad support for the plans now from Haverhill Town Council, the parishes and from the agencies consulted with regard to such issues as wildlife, open space, archaeology, environmental health, etc.

Haverhill Chamber of Commerce expressed disappointment the road is not to be built first and ask that the borough or county council invest in the road and claim the money back later from the developers.

The outline application, which is informed by an adopted concept statement and masterplan, has been approved subject to a long list of conditions which relate to the building of the roadand to a variety of studies which will have to be completed before detailed planning permission can be considered.

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