Approval for 98 homes enables much-needed sports facility for Haughley

Detailed plans for 98 new homes in Haughley received the go ahead today, Wednesday, April 29  – providing a range of community benefits for the village, including a new football pitch.

Part of the 11-acre site to the East of King George’s Field on Green Road has been earmarked for a junior football pitch, fulfilling Sport England’s objective to provide new opportunities to meet the needs of current and future generations.

Outline planning permission for the development was granted by Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee in May 2018, with proposed plans for the site receiving support from Haughley Parish Council.

The development by Bloor Homes, also includes public open space, off-site highways improvements and the provision of 34 affordable housing plots – meeting the council’s affordable housing policy.

The council’s chief planning officer used emergency delegated powers to sign off the details of this project today, in the absence of regular face to face committee meetings due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Work on site is expected to start later this year.

David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “I support the decision made by the chief planning officer today. This development will provide affordable housing within walking distance of village amenities. It will also allow for public open space and a new sports facility, ensuring our commitment to bright and healthy futures for our communities is met.”

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