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Revised plans for next phase of 1,100 home development in Haverhill strike the right note




The councillor for Haverhill north has expressed his delight after Persimmon Homes submitted a new design for the next stage of the 1,170 home north west Haverhill development.

The developer had been asked to look again at its plans for the 129-home Phase 2B of the scheme when it went to West Suffolk Council's development control committee on July 7, with concerns raised about the height of a four-storey block of flats and housing density.

Persimmon has now changed its designs so that the blocks of flats are three-storey and the total of homes reduced to 123.

Phase 2B of the North West Haverhill development will be built on the open piece of land on the left in this aerial image by DJ DroneGuy/Mike Brett
Phase 2B of the North West Haverhill development will be built on the open piece of land on the left in this aerial image by DJ DroneGuy/Mike Brett

The changes have been welcomed by town, district and county councillor for the ward, Joe Mason.

He said: "I ‘called in’ this planning three times over the last 12 months and with the support of other Haverhill Town Councillors and the Development Control Committee, Persimmon finally submitted amendments which included among other changes, a more acceptable redesign of the controversial gateway design for the urban style development for Phase 2B.

"The planning for this plot has from the beginning been problematic with Persimmon submitting plans for four storey and then three-and-a-half storey flats.

Phase 2B of the housing will set below the dotted yellow line. Picture: West Suffolk Council
Phase 2B of the housing will set below the dotted yellow line. Picture: West Suffolk Council

"I was most concerned that this gateway style was excessive and that the 2B plot was being over developed with too high a density of dwellings, with limited parking for visitors.

"I worked with fellow ward member Cllr Elaine McManus and residents to make clear the inappropriate nature of the this development, set on the outskirts of town in a suburban, and not urban, setting.

"We are grateful to Persimmon for listening to concerns raised by councillors and residents with the amendments made.

"There is still much to ensure the site as a whole development grows in a way that supports the needs and well being of residents, maximising the amount of green space available and ensuring facilities are provided for the community.

A visualisation of some of some of the housing in phase 2B of the North West Haverhill scheme. Image: Persimmon Homes.
A visualisation of some of some of the housing in phase 2B of the North West Haverhill scheme. Image: Persimmon Homes.

"There are still many phases of this development to go and I am keen that no further plans for four storey buildings are submitted.

"I would also like to see work on the relief road started as soon as possible, which is essential to relieve the high traffic levels along Withersfield Road."

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