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Green light for 139 new homes on the edge of Trimley St Mary and Trimley St Martin





A major 139-home development in a Suffolk village has been given the final green light.

Bellway Homes (Essex) is now set to deliver the new homes after yesterday’s approval of its reserved matters application by members of East Suffolk’s planning committee, with seven votes for and two against, subject to conditions.

The decision will see up to 139 new homes, 46 of which will be affordable, built on land adjacent to Reeve Lodge, in High Road, on the edge of Trimley St Mary and Trimley St Martin.

View looking into the site fron Gun Lane. Picture: LAP Architects and Interior Designers Ltd
View looking into the site fron Gun Lane. Picture: LAP Architects and Interior Designers Ltd

This means a majority of councillors were happy with the last few details to do with the application, including appearance, layout, scale, access, and landscaping — this follows outline planning permission being granted in July 2022.

Also to be delivered are open spaces, a play area, meadows, fencing, an informal path on land south of Gun Lane, highway improvements, and a new community defibrillator.

Although the decision taken in 2022 also included a two-form entry primary school, partly paid for by developer contributions totalling just over £3m, the case officer said more details would be revealed in a future planning application which would be submitted by the county council.

View From the North. Picture: LAP Architects and Interior Designers Ltd
View From the North. Picture: LAP Architects and Interior Designers Ltd

There were some concerns raised by residents and both parish councils which included, for instance, maintenance of open spaces and traffic management near the school, but these were deemed to have been addressed or outweighed by officers.

Some worries were also shared by councillors to do with heating, which the applicant said is dependent on the central Government’s Future Homes Standard guidance to be announced.

Bellway Homes has also committed to ongoing dialogue with the community with intentions of conducting future meetings to hear and address concerns.