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West Suffolk Council to seal deal on Great Barton development

A deal that will see much need homes delivered in a part of West Suffolk, generating income to pay for council services, is nearing completion.

West Suffolk Council is set to complete the acquisition of part of The Triangle site between School Road, Mill Road and the A143 in Great Barton, from Suffolk County Council (SCC) next month, having already exchanged contracts.

The purchase will also give the council first option on the remainder of the site, which is 10.5 hectares and could also be used to deliver more homes.

West Suffolk Council will use the money generated from the development to help fund its services.
West Suffolk Council will use the money generated from the development to help fund its services.

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, of West Suffolk Council, said: “Housing is vital to our communities and our economy and we know that there is a need for more housing in West Suffolk and not just for affordable housing but housing for people of all ages and varying needs.

"It is about looking at how we play our part in delivering housing across West Suffolk to help people be able to stay in or near their network of family and friends where they grew up, move into more suitable housing as they get older, or move closer to their work supporting businesses in their recruitment.

"As a Barley Homes development, we will deliver on the new homes needed while the profits will help fund council services at a time when councils are facing even tougher challenges to their finances."

The acquired site is already allocated for around 40 homes in the current St Edmundsbury Borough Council Local Plan while the Great Barton Neighbourhood Plan establishes the principle of building new homes on the larger site.

West Suffolk is working with the parish council and county council on a development brief which will cover both parts of The Triangle site.

This includes looking at what community infrastructure will be required and will indicate how many homes are to be built.

Once this is completed, West Suffolk will sell the site to its housing company Barley Homes (Group) Ltd to build the development including affordable housing.

Great Barton Parish Council, said: “Great Barton Parish Council and its Neighbourhood Plan Working Group through many consultations with its residents identified The Triangle site as the appropriate area for development.

“There has been a long association with SCC as the landowner to ensure the development complements the built character and environmental richness seen in other areas of the parish.

"This development has the potential for greater housing opportunities, increased leisure facilities not seen in Great Barton for a long time and the development of our schools for an expanding population.”

The development once completed and sold, will generate income to help pay towards council services as only around 10 per cent of the council tax bill comes to West Suffolk Council and council tax only represents a fifth of the income the council requires to deliver services.