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Plan for nine homes at Sentinel Works site, Bury St Edmunds, refused

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Plans for nine homes on a former Bury St Edmunds factory site have been refused.

Terry Sprigings had applied for consent to build nine homes – one detached four-bedroom house and four pairs of semi-detached homes – on the Sentinel Works site, in Northgate Avenue.

West Suffolk Council's development control committee refused the plans at their meeting last week on the grounds of overdevelopment, with a cramped and contrived layout and harmful impact on neighbouring residential amenity.

The Sentinel Works site, in Northgate Avenue (57195639)
The Sentinel Works site, in Northgate Avenue (57195639)

The original plans for the site, approved in 2019, were for eight contemporary-style properties, but the new proposals were for more traditional property designs.

Bury St Edmunds Town Council recommended refusal due to loss of amenity, overshadowing, loss of privacy, access and highway safety, overlooking, layout and density of the buildings.

Britta Heidecke, council planning case officer, had recommended the committee approve the plans as the principle of development was already established and the developer had agreed amendments.