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Second attempt at affordable homes gets a rebuff

Wednesday, 22nd October 2014.

A second attempt by a developer to get permission to build flats at Block C, Burton End, has come up against some of the same objections from town councillors as the fitrst one.

Prime Crest Homes Ltd have applied to build 12 two-bedroom flats and three one-bedroom flats, with associated car parking.

Councillors objected to the first plan on a variety of grounds so the architects had made a re-design and submitted again.

Robert Crawford, representing the architects, told Haverhill Town Council planning committee on Tuesday that they had taken account of the previous comments, setting the building into the slope so that it was a metre lower.

He said there were no highway objections from Suffolk County Council and the affordable homes were needed in the town.

But councillors were still concerned about overlooking and about the extra traffic that would be generated through an access which led out onto Burton End between the two parts of the traffic chicane, which was dangerous and congested already.

Cllr Betty McLatchey said neighbouring residents were very unhappy about the plan, because it was right in the middle of private housing.

Cllr Barry Robbins said residents in nearby Old Rope Walk were equally unhappy on traffic grounds.

Cllr Pat Hanlon was still not satisfied that neighbouring homes would not be overlooked after Mr Crawford admitted anyone over 5ft 10in would be able to see out of side windows which gave on these properties.

But Cllr Ernie Goody said he thought the new plan represented the best balance that could be achieved on the site, bearing in mind the desperate need for affordable housing in the town.

He proposed they rise no objection, but the proposal received no seconder as all other members were opposed.

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