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Proposal to build housing on car park behind Haverhill Arts Centre dropped




A contentious proposal submitted almost three years ago to build 14 new homes on part of the car park behind Haverhill Arts Centre has been withdrawn.

Back in May 2018, Barley Homes, which is owned by West Suffolk Council, applied for full planning permission to build five houses and nine flats on the Duddery Hill side of the car park – a scheme that would have resulted in the loss of 75 parking spaces.

Last week, however, the plans were withdrawn.

Barley Homes has withdrawn its application to build a mixture of 14 flats and houses on the car park behind Haverhill Arts Centre
Barley Homes has withdrawn its application to build a mixture of 14 flats and houses on the car park behind Haverhill Arts Centre

A spokesperson for Barley Homes said: “This historic planning application has been withdrawn following informal discussions with local stakeholders and in view of the wider Haverhill Masterplan ambitions for the town centre.

“Barley Homes is already well advanced in developing two sites in Haverhill on Manor Road and Chivers Road respectively, and continue to look for opportunities in and around the town, and across West Suffolk, for building homes to meet local need.”

The Manor Road development, on the site of the former Westfield Primary School consists of 37 homes and the Chivers Road development, on land once home to Castle Hill Middle School, will have 26 homes once completed.

Both projects are currently under construction.

The development met with opposition from Haverhill Town Council and local councillors in 2018, with one of the main bones of contention being that part of it was three-storeys high, yet the town centre masterplan, in which the car park is identified as a site for new housing, says any buildings should be up to two- storeys high.

The town council’s planning committee said at the time that the proposal was a ‘complete divergence from Town Centre Masterplan’.

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