54 homes plan for Stradbroke to be submitted

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Stradbroke Parish Council is set to run the rule over a planning application for 54 new homes in the village at a meeting next month.

A larger than normal turnout is expected at the council meeting, set for Monday, April 13, 7.30pm, at the community centre.

Set to be developed by Durrants on behalf of the land owners, the plans propose homes ranging from one to four bedroom family houses, including the conversion of two barns, on agricultural land at Grove Farm, off Queen Street. It would feature a mix of ‘local needs’, affordable and market housing, while a pedestrian crossing on Queen Street is proposed as part of the plans.

The application will be decided on by Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee, with members of the public now able to comment on the application.

Although a neighbourhood plan for the village is some months away, a second Housing Needs Survey was carried out Community Action Suffolk.

The survey, which drew a 34 per cent response rate, revealed 97 per cent were in favour of an affordable housing scheme. The recommendation following the survey showed based on a third of the overall identified need, a total of 12 dwellings should be considered by the Parish.

Mid Suffolk District Council currently does not have a five-year housing supply approved for new homes, meaning rural communities could be put at risk of ‘unwanted’ developments.

n The planning application, 4005/14, can be viewed at the Mid Suffolk District Council Planning Portal online at http://planningpages.midsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications