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Mid Suffolk District Council's Strategic Housing team are recommending that the current plans for Grove Farm are rejected despite their approval in principal for the project.
In comments published on Mid Suffolk's website they are asking for several changes to the plans before they can support them.
In particular they are unhappy with the mixture of housing that would be available:
It is noted that the reduced land take for the proposed scheme deletes the ‘rural exceptions local needs affordable housing’ element of the proposal. This means the remaining affordable homes will be for letting through the Council’s usual lettings process, as these are part of the open market element of the development. The previously detailed mix for 15 affordable homes should be retained, as detailed in earlier consultation responses. The Strategic Housing Team require further discussion if the number of affordable homes is more or less than 15, in order to ensure the correct mix of affordable housing is delivered, based upon 12 units for rent:
• 4 x 1/2B 2P Flats at 47 sq. m.
• 2 x 2B 4P Flats at 69 sq. m.
• 2 x 2B 3P Bungalows at 60 sq. m.
• 2 x 2B 4P Houses at 81 sq. m.
• 2 x 3B 5P Houses at 90 sq. m.
For shared ownership:
• 3 x 2B4PH at 81 sq. m.
The report goes on to comment on the poor quality of the design for the affordable housing:
The proposed layout of the affordable housing is not appropriate, as it is very car dominated, with little scope for quality landscaping. The quality of the environment of the affordable housing needs to be improved.
The mixture of the market-led housing is also questioned with the report stating:
The open market housing requires a better mix of house types and…
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If the Grove Farm development goes ahead something currently called "Section 106" funding becomes payable. It is designed to be a financial contribution to the local community to mitigate the effects of the development on local facilities.
Stradbroke Parish Council began to discuss what this money could be used for just before the May 2015 elections. Literally just before holding a meeting without any public notice the day before the elections. It was clear at that meeting that some councillors had already decided where they wanted the money to go.
So after the elections the matter was brought back to the council but waved through without discussion during a meeting dominated by the Stradbroke Monthly. Councillors were told a list of "ideas" had been sent to Mid Suffolk and this week an email from Mid Suffolk confirmed:
Contribution of £289,509.90 to the extension of community centre and current playing fields in Stradbroke
It is understood the plans include extending the playing fields and possibly building better changing facilities but the plans remain vague and not very well explained.
It might be that this project would be the best use of this money but without more information and a proper debate it starts to look like this is a "done deal".
Whilst there does seem to be a genuine need to move fast to secure this funding should Grove Farm go ahead the Parish Council could certainly do better at informing both itself and the village about the plans and starting a discussion.
You can see the email from Mid Suffolk District Council below:
(Please note this is an open email and may be given to anyone, please feel free to forward further to anyone as necessary who you feel may have…
Mid Suffolk have launched a consultation about the revised Grove Farm proposal. The changes in this proposal are:
The new plan is shown below, click the image for a high resolution view:
The previous plan with changes highlighted is shown below, click on the image for a high resolution view
We are waiting to hear if the Parish Council will convene a meeting to discuss the revised plans UPDATE - They have arranged a meeting on Monday 27th July at 8pm. The expectation is that once the consultation closes these plans will go to Mid Suffolk's Planning Committee to be decided.
If you want to have your say on the planned development then you have a few options, the consultation closes on Tuesday 4th August 2015
1. Make a comment online on the Mid Suffolk Planning Website (note you have to register…Continue