Detailed plans for 300 new homes at Woolpit have received the go ahead and has secured “affordable homes” for low income house-hunters, highways improvements and a new primary school for the village.
Hopkins Homes sought permission for development of land off Bury Road, The Street, which was granted by Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee in February 2020.
Proposals incorporate 60 “affordable homes”, 45 of which will be affordable rental properties. The remaining 15 homes will provide opportunities for shared ownership.
Both the affordable and market homes will range in size – accommodating first time buyers, families and local residents wishing to downsize.
The development will benefit from large public open spaces, including land to the east of the site to accommodate the future expansion of Woolpit Cricket Club. Land will also be gifted to increase capacity at the Village Hall car park.
This is in addition to the allocation of over five acres of land to Suffolk County Council, for use as the site of a new 420-place primary school, together with a 90-place pre-school centre. These new provisions will be partly funded by the developer, with conditions requiring a contribution of over £1 million on completion of the new homes.
Another condition set out by the council, will see the applicant fund vital local highways infrastructure projects, including the introduction of a new roundabout on the interchange between the A14 and A1088.
In their feedback on proposals Suffolk Highways supported the improvement, stating it would reduce the risk of traffic accidents at this location.
Plans also include a commitment to finance local sustainable transport in Woolpit, with the allocation of £15,000 to construct or improve nearby bus stops, as well as a funding towards the creation of improved cycle and pedestrian links between Woolpit and Elmswell.
To further meet the council’s green ambitions, the development will include multiple electric vehicle charging points. Measures will also be imposed to protect local wildlife, with proposals incorporating a Biodiversity Enhancement Strategy, Wildlife Sensitive Lighting Design Scheme and Skylark Mitigation Strategy.
Work is expected to start on site later this year.