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Nine houses to be built in Bury St Edmunds at site of former St Benedict's Catholic Lower and St Louis Catholic Middle Schools




New homes are to be built on a former school site in Bury St Edmunds town centre.

The proposal for nine houses at the former St Benedict's Catholic Lower School, off St Andrew's Street South, has been approved by West Suffolk Council.

M & D Developments is to build a terrace of five two-storey three-bedroom houses and a separate terrace of four two-storey three-bedroom houses on the site of a sports hall and academic buildings.

The site, off St Andrew's Street South in Bury St Edmunds, was the home of St Benedict's Catholic Lower School. Picture: Mecha Morton
The site, off St Andrew's Street South in Bury St Edmunds, was the home of St Benedict's Catholic Lower School. Picture: Mecha Morton

The school site has stood empty since 2019 and was previously St Louis Catholic Middle School, which shut in 2016.

A West Suffolk Council planning officer report said the development had been amended 'to allow for a simplified design reducing its visual prominence' in relation to the nearby Grade II listed St Andrew's Castle.

They said the use of a Georgian influence in the design was 'more in keeping with the general character of the conservation area'.

Residents of the new houses would use the access road off St Andrew's Street South.

A separate application, submitted around the same time by M & D Developments, to develop the rest of the site into a 334 space car park was later withdrawn.

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