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Nine 'traditional' style homes in Bury St Edmunds' Northgate Avenue set for go-ahead

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Plans for nine homes look set for approval - despite objections.

Wentworth Country Properties want to build the homes at the former Sentinel Works, in Northgate Avenue, Bury St Edmunds.

The developer won approval for eight ‘contemporary’ style homes and two cartlodges at the site in 2019 - but has since changed the design to solely nine 'traditional' style homes, instead.

The former Sentinel Works site in Northgate Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
The former Sentinel Works site in Northgate Avenue, Bury St Edmunds

Three neighbouring Northgate Avenue residents have raised concerns about access, refuse collection, and environmental impact.

Suffolk Highways also submitted a holding objection over concerns about ‘sub-standard parking arrangements’ which could affect pedestrian safety and the Northgate Avenue footpath link to Tollgate Lane.

Bury St Edmunds Town Council upholds previous objections about a loss of amenity, overshadowing, loss of privacy, access and highway safety, layout and density of buildings.

However, West Suffolk Council planning officers have recommended the application is approved at next Wednesday’s development control committee, subject to a list of 18 conditions.

These include fencing, provision of space for recycling bins, parking space, electric vehicle charging points, cycle storage facilities, specific window materials, external, lighting, and construction hours.

A planning report concludes: “The principle of redevelopment is acceptable and there is an extant permission for residential development of the site.

“The design is not out of keeping with the character and appearance of the area and the impacts on neighbour amenity and street scene are not considered to be contrary to policy.”