20 home development in Mendlesham gets the go ahead

Plans to build 20 homes in Mendlesham, which include seven affordable dwellings and footpath improvements, have been given approval.

Applicants sought permission for development of land to the north east side of Chapel Road.

This followed a previous proposal for 49 properties to be built at the same location, which was rejected by the Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee in October 2019, as councillors felt the adverse impact of the development significantly outweighed the benefits.

In response to that resolution, the applicant made changes to the plans to address concerns raised, with a new proposal for 20 homes being submitted in December 2019.

The amended plans came back to the Development Control Committee B meeting and following input from planning officers, the applicant, objectors and supporters – and subsequent debate – the committee voted by four to three in favour of approving the recommendation that outline planning permission be granted, subject to conditions.

Proposals include seven affordable homes – and the development incorporates houses ranging in size from one to four bedrooms – accommodating first time buyers, families and local residents wishing to downsize. Plans also cater for increasing demand from the district’s ageing population with the inclusion of three bungalows.

The development will provide a generous amount of public open space amenity land to the north-west edge of the village, and will also fund improvement works to the existing footpath to the south-east edge of the site. This is in addition to providing a new surfaced footpath along Chapel Road to Mayfield Way – allowing enhanced pedestrian access between the village and countryside.

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