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New Badwell Ash homes development in Richer Road given the go-ahead by Mid Suffolk District Council

Planners have given the green light to a new homes development in Badwell Ash, near Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.

Mid Suffolk District Council planners have approved a reserved matters application for the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of 14 homes - including five affordable dwellings - and a new access on land west of Richer Road.

Applicant Hartog Hutton wants to build a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes on the site. Outline approval for the scheme was granted in February 2021.

Richer Road, in Badwell Ash. Picture: Google
Richer Road, in Badwell Ash. Picture: Google

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Concerns raised by residents included highway safety; over-development of the village; flood risk and the impact on biodiversity, particularly barn owls.

Badwell Ash Parish Council expressed concern at the number of bungalows proposed and requested an extension of the village 30mph speed limit.

In a comment sent to planners last month, the parish council highlighted flooding in Richer Road directly around the proposed entrance to the new development.

Meanwhile, in November the parish queried the change in the originally proposed housing mix, which had included more bungalows than the five proposed in the latest scheme.

“Badwell Ash has no need for any further detached houses, having already granted approval for another 73 homes to be built which are currently in the pipeline. The councillors wish for this plan to revert back to bungalows,” added the parish council.

The development site is outside flood zones, however they are in close proximity to the south and south-west.

A delegated report said: “The site is not, however, considered to be at significant risk of flooding.”

It added the lead local flood authority (Suffolk County Council) was satisfied by the proposed surface water sustainable drainage solution.

“The proposal is not, therefore, considered to be at significant risk of flooding and would not demonstrably result in increased flood risk on the site or elsewhere,” added the report.

The planning applicated was granted.