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Thumbs down likely for Project site shops scheme

Thursday, 14th October 2010.

It looks unlikely the proposed redevelopment of the former Project site in Ehringshausen Way as business units, shops, a restaurant and a builders' merchants will get the go-ahead.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council development control committee, which meets on Thursday next week at the Haverhill football complex to decide on this one application, is being recommended to refuse it.

HPG Developments from Cambridge had come in with a late offer of 250,000 towards improvements works to Haverhill town centre if the plan was approved.

But planners will be told in a detailed report that the scheme is contrary to ploanning policies for the site because of the inclusion of shops and a restaurant.

It is feared the shops, which would sell bulky goods, would damage the viability of the town centre.

A further study says that such schemes should eliminate other potential sites in the town in a particular sequence, and this has not been carried out completely, because the Duddery Hill allotment site is also seen as fulfilling the requirements, and is earmarked for retail.

A further objection has come from Anglian Water because the Project site is within the 400m 'cordon sanitaire' - a ring around the sewage works within development should not be permitted which might result in complaints about odours from the works.

Councillors will make the decision on Thursday, but are being told the potential benefits of the scheme are outweighed by its negative effects.

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Haverhill, UKPosted by HANDBAG at 2:37PM on 15th October, 2010. (212.169.xxx.xxx)

I hope everyone who intends to go to the Planning meeting takes along a copy of David Hart's column from 15th October, because he sums the situation up perfectly. It seems absolutely barmy to me that , in these times of austerity and cutbacks, the Council can even consider turning down a proposal that would bring employment and an improvement of the retail offer to the town, at no cost to the taxpayer at all!


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