Stradbroke Parish Council votes narrowly in favour of revised Grove Farm plans

Grove Farm - a proposed new housing development. ANL-150415-144556009
Grove Farm - a proposed new housing development. ANL-150415-144556009
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A revised plan for 44 homes in Stradbroke has been narrowly backed by the village’s parish council.

The plans, to be developed by Durrants on behalf of the land owners, 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.

Stradbroke Parish Council voted five to four in favour of the proposal, with one abstention, at a meeting last Monday.

Despite their recommendation the council’s revised response added “However it was noted it was unclear as to the breakdown of the proposed affordable dwellings from the application and the village was in need for affordable homes, suitable housing to support young families joining and climbing the housing ladder.”

Should the plans be approved by Mid Suffolk District Council, the village could receive about £290,000 in Section 106 money a legally binding contract to fund infrastructure.

A total of 54 homes were initially proposed in January.

The Strategic Housing Team at Mid Suffolk District Council has offered a holding objection on the plans.

Although the department supports the proposal ‘in principle’ as it will help meet housing demand, the response reads the layout of the affordable homes is ‘not appropriate’ and is ‘road orientated’, while a ‘better mix’ of properties is required.