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First properties in new Bacton Ivy Hill development could go on market next year as amended plans for 85 homes approved



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Backing has been given to amended plans for 85 homes in Bacton, to be known as Ivy Hill - and first homes could be available for sale next year.

Outline planning permission was granted in June 2020 to develop land south of Birch Avenue for 85 homes and provide land for a community centre, but Bellway Homes - which bought the site after that outline permission was granted - has opted to submit a new full planning application.

That was so that the two access points from Pretyman Avenue and Birch Avenue, which had caused concern for local residents and councillors, could be reduced down to one off Birch Avenue.

A CGI image of what the 85 homes in Bacton, to be known as Ivy Hill, could look like. Picture: Bellway Homes
A CGI image of what the 85 homes in Bacton, to be known as Ivy Hill, could look like. Picture: Bellway Homes

Mid Suffolk District Council's development control A committee meeting on Wednesday morning unanimously approved the plans.

Phil Standen, managing director of Bellway Eastern Counties, said: “We have worked closely with the local community to develop proposals which will be sympathetic to the site’s surroundings as well as meeting the need for new housing in the area.

“A mix of materials, including red and buff bricks, white render and cream or grey weatherboarding, will be used to ensure the homes are in keeping with the county’s traditional architecture.

Land south of Birch Avenue in Bacton to be developed for 85 homes. Picture: Google Maps
Land south of Birch Avenue in Bacton to be developed for 85 homes. Picture: Google Maps

"Landscape buffers will also be created along each boundary of the site to provide a soft transition between the village edge and the open countryside.

“The development will deliver a good mix of homes for people of all ages in a suitable location for new residential development.

"The site is on the edge of the existing settlement of Bacton, within walking distance of the village’s primary school, pub and convenience store, and only a 15-minute drive from Stowmarket town centre."

The firm hopes to be on site within the coming weeks, with the first homes going up for sale next year.

Councillors at Mid Suffolk's committee praised Bellway for engaging with the parish council as well as the district and county councillors, and improving the access situation.

The homes, 30 of which have been designated as affordable, will feature air source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points.

Ward councillor Andy Mellen said that 'there is concern that the layout of this development could lead on to a further extension to the south at some point in the future' but welcomed the improvements, adding: "Bellway have really engaged with us and the community".

Andy Mellen. Picture: Jason Noble LDRS
Andy Mellen. Picture: Jason Noble LDRS

Bacton Parish Council voiced its support for the scheme. Four public objections were received.

Approval of planning permission has been delegated to the council's head of planning to approve once a final consultation with Network Rail has been carried out to ensure there are no issues in respect of train services.

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