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Plans lodged for 100 new homes in Bacton with new village hall

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Plans have been lodged for 100 new homes in Bacton alongside land for a new village hall and play area.

Outline proposals were submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council, which proposed to develop greenfield land south of Pretyman Avenue.

The proposal, submitted by developers ESCO Developments Ltd, J Green, S Copping & A Gooderham, described the plans as a “logical extension” to the existing homes off Pretyman Avenue.

The proposed site of the 100 homes.
The proposed site of the 100 homes.

Jon Jennings, a spokesman from agents Cheffins, confirmed the proposal includes 33 per cent affordable housing, and a provision of bungalows in keeping with the homes already in the area.

He said: “The site was identified as a sustainable, undeveloped location, it relates well to the existing development of Bacton. We have been very carefully monitoring the impact on existing bungalows in Pretyman Avenue – there is a wide range of house types proposed to meet the circumstances of the community.

“There are quite a number of bungalows proposed – both affordable and market homes.”

The application said the land proposed for a village hall would enable a larger hall to be built with sufficient off-road parking.

A planning statement on behalf of the developers added: “The applicants are committed to the early delivery of this site and are already in discussions with local developers who are interested in acquiring this site and bringing it forward.

“Unlike many of the housing applications granted consent in Mid Suffolk, this site has high prospects of actually being delivered in a reasonable timescale.”

The matter is open for public consultation, and expected to go before the planning committee in the coming weeks.

However, concerns have been raised over the impact on roads.

In its response as a consultee on highways, Suffolk County Council said that the existing bus services were inadequate and there was no mention of improvements.

It continued that some areas of the developers’ travel plans were 'unrealistic and unachievable'.

Objections to the plan added that there was no direct access planned for the site, with cars using Pretyman Avenue instead.

Objectors also pointed to 212 new homes already having been approved in Bacton, and said it meant 10 per cent of the district’s five year land requirement was located in Bacton alone.