Developer asked to redesign plans for next stage of 1,150 home development in Haverhill after they attract criticism from councillors
Final approval of the next phase of more than 1,150 homes north west of Haverhill has been deferred over concerns around housing density and the height of a block of flats.
West Suffolk Council’s development control committee on Wednesday morning voted by seven votes to six to defer a decision on landscaping, appearance, design, layout and scale for phase 2B for 129 homes off Ann Suckling Road.
Outline planning permission had already been secured, but councillors were unhappy with the four-storey block of flats at the entrance to the site and the density of homes.
Also of concern was the number of parking spaces, narrow roads and the infrastructure for the wider site such as relief road and school not coming before homes are built.
Planning officers said the parking provision did meet requirements and said green space and roads had been agreed at outline stage.
However, approval of the scheme was deferred, with councillors tasking Persimmon Homes to come back with a revised design for a three, not four-storey block of flats, provision for electric vehicle charging points at all homes and looking again at the density.
Committee member Cllr John Burns said the apartment building was ‘500ft up the hill, so we will see it from the other side of the town’,while Cllr David Smith said it was ‘not in keeping with other elements of the town’ and ‘has the look of a multi-storey car park’.
Cllr Susan Glossop added: “It completely spoils the whole view of the site and I think it is important we listen to the local member and local community because they have got to live with this.”
It was recognised Persimmon has been liaising with the town council and planning officers, and hoped those conversations would generate an improved design for a three-storey block for approval in future.
Ward councillor Elaine McManus said: “It’s clear that a three-storey gateway development would be entirely in keeping with its position in the locality and in keeping with similar three-stories Persimmon has already built.”
Phase 2B follows on from the approved first portion where 200 homes are being built, while final approval for the 41 homes in phase 2A was agreed in November.
Stuart McAdam, planning manager for Persimmon Homes Suffolk, said of the 129 homes phase: “The overall design is of a contemporary style and will deliver high quality environment including much-needed, attractive, high-quality homes.”
He added that it has a “strong emphasis on family homes,” and “follows on from a successful first two phases”.
It is not yet clear when revised plans will return to committee.