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Plans put forward for 265 homes in Stowmarket

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Plans to build 265 new homes in Stowmarket just off the A14 have been put forward by developers.

The plans, submitted by Crest Nicholson Operations Limited and John Henry Diaper and David James Diaper to Mid Suffolk District Council, would see the houses built on land at Diaper Farm, on a patch of land roughly nine hectares in size.

The site is former agricultural land featuring a number of large disused chicken sheds and lies just south of the A14 and north of the B1115.

The site is just south of the A14 on the outskirts of Stowmarket. Picture: Google Earth.
The site is just south of the A14 on the outskirts of Stowmarket. Picture: Google Earth.

Just over 90 of the 265 homes are proposed to be affordable housing.

A mixture of one to five bedroom houses are part of the scheme.

Documents note the site is clearly in a 'highly sustainable' location, with numerous services and facilities, including schools, supermarkets and GPs, within one mile, easily accessible by walking, cycling or driving.

It also notes public transport is easily accessible for travelling outside of Stowmarket, with regular services from Stowmarket Railway Station within half a mile.

Planning documents add: "New and enhanced opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists are proposed, including paths throughout the scheme connecting to those in the nearby area."

In March this year, around 1,000 residents close to the site were posted a leaflet informing them of the proposals and asking them for feedback.

Of those 1,000, four responses were received with some positive comments on the retention of the majority of the existing vegetation.

Some concerns surrounding the capacity of local schools and healthcare, congestion and speed of traffic along Stowupland Road were raised.

Further concerns related to insufficient parking, privacy for existing nearby dwellings, the impact on wildlife and impact on the views to central Stowmarket.

The documents said the comments would be 'reviewed to inform the proposals'.

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