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Green light for 106 homes plans in Elmswell

Plans for 106 new Elmswell homes – including 37 affordable properties, funding for sustainable transport improvements and community initiatives inspired by a village rock snake – have been approved by Mid Suffolk District Council.

Matthew Homes sought outline planning permission for land to the east of Ashfield Road, which was granted by Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee in July 2018.

The development offers public open space, improvements to Public Rights of Way and the provision of 37 affordable homes – ranging in size from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom houses – with the inclusion of two affordable bungalows to cater for demand from the district’s ageing population.

Elmswell Rock Snake in train station play park, Mel Mackenzie with her daughteraged 5 Picture by Mark Westley. (38357606)
Elmswell Rock Snake in train station play park, Mel Mackenzie with her daughteraged 5 Picture by Mark Westley. (38357606)

Proposals include a commitment to finance sustainable transport, with £6,000 for a new bus shelter and £5,000 for raised bus stop kerbs. The developer is also working with Suffolk County Council on a long-term travel plan.

And following a project led by Elmswell Volunteers which saw the creation of ‘Sid the Elmswell Snake’ – made of rocks painted by village children – being given a home at the Blackbourne Centre with practical help from developer Taylor Wimpey, council officers are working with Matthew Homes to explore whether their scheme could also provide an opportunity for further collaboration with the community.

Mid Suffolk District Council’s chief planning officer used emergency delegated powers to sign off the details of the proposals, in the absence of regular face-to-face committee meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Work is expected to start on site later this year.

Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for planning, said:“I welcome the decision reached by the chief planning officer to finalise the views held by Mid Suffolk District Council’s Development Control Committee, that these are the right type of homes in the right place.

“This development will provide a substantial amount of much needed affordable housing, meeting our ambition for Mid Suffolk residents to have the option to remain local.

“I also applaud the developer’s commitment to work with partners.”