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Duo of concerned Eye residents say 35 per cent of new development should be affordable housing

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A pair of Eye residents have told the town council of their concern over lack of information on affordable housing presented at a homes consultation last week.

Part of the north Suffolk town has been earmarked for at least 200 homes, with planning consultants Pegasus holding a consultation in the town hall last week. Three options of plans were offered, ranging from 250-290 homes.

Caroline Pickering and Geoffrey Randall, who have more than 75 years of combined experience in the housing trade, say according to research carried out by Mid Suffolk District Council, at least 35 per cent of the development should be affordable housing.

Their briefing to town councillors for Wednesday’s meeting read: “Unfortunately, the documents made available at the public consultation in Eye Town Hall failed to include any significant information on key issues affecting Eye residents, including how to ensure that a reasonable number of the new homes are affordable rented housing which will meet local needs. It is therefore essential that a detailed, accurate and up to date assessment is made of the number of affordable homes that should be provided in the new development and the rent levels that will be necessary to meet the needs of local people.”

The duo were invited to join a working party on the development.

Rob Barber, of Pegasus, said: “We are in consultation with the local authority and the town council on the preparation of the development brief and affordable housing forms part of that process. We will be continuing to liaise with the local authority and town council to deliver affordable housing that meets the needs of the local community”.

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