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Developer wants to build almost 80 homes on Suffolk community sports facility land




Land just outside Bury St Edmunds earmarked for a community sports facility could instead house up to 76 new homes.

Countryside Properties has submitted an environmental impact assessment (EIA) screening request to West Suffolk Council for a two-hectare plot at Marham Park.

The developer wants to bring forward plans for the estate’s final residential parcel, as well as on-site sports pitches and pavilion.

Close up of industrial bricklayer installing bricks on construction site (48484432)
Close up of industrial bricklayer installing bricks on construction site (48484432)

Under the original 2016 Marham Park planning approval an area of site called ‘parcel P’ was earmarked for a potential commercial indoor sport/leisure facility.

Parcel p, together with outdoor sports pitches, has been marketed to leisure operators without success.

Now, Countryside wants to build up to 76 new homes on parcel P and build the sports pitches and an associated pavilion.

The completed facilities would then be transferred to West Suffolk Council for public use.

The developer expects the sports pitches and associated pavilion to be ready by 2023.

Subject to the EIA screening request, Countryside intends to submit an outline application for change of use to residential and up to 76 homes off Sandlands Drive.

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