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Public consultation launched on plans for 210 new homes on a site east of Ixworth Road, Thurston, near Bury St. Edmunds
Public consultation launched on plans for 210 new homes on a site east of Ixworth Road, Thurston, near Bury St. Edmunds

A property developer has launched a consultation on its plans to build homes in a Suffolk village.

Barratt and David Wilson Homes (Anglia) has launched public consultation on its ‘new proposal’ for ‘high quality new homes and open space’ for the site east of Ixworth Road in Thurston.

As part of its consultation, the housebuilder will hold special events next week where the public can view its plans and have their say on the proposals.

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A campaign group was recently formed in the village to call for a halt to all housing projects in the village until a “robust” infrastructure is in place.

Last year, the preliminary building permit was granted, which basically stipulates that up to 210 new apartments can be built here.

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Barratt and David Wilson have now acquired the site and are currently preparing reserved matters proposals covering detailed aspects of the development such as the appearance of the new homes, landscaping, apartment layout and size.

As part of the public consultation, the developer is inviting Thurston residents to give their views on the proposal. Feedback will be incorporated into the final design before a reserved matters planning application is submitted to Mid-Suffolk District Council later this summer.

According to the developer, the main suggestions include:

• A mix of up to 210 high-quality, energy-efficient new buildings, including 35 percent social housing, entry-level homes and family homes.

• Improving biodiversity, including planting native trees and wildflowers, wildlife corridors, bird boxes and hedgehog highways.

• Sustainable drainage systems designed to cope with a once-in-a-century flood and taking climate change into account.

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• Connectivity improvements and a motoring club to promote sustainable travel and maintain and improve public rights of way.

• Proportional financial contributions to investment in the development of local services, as agreed in the planning permission.

• Space for a mini orchard or a communal area for growing food

• Provision of new open spaces and play areas for children.

The developer adds that the new homes have been “carefully designed to complement the look and feel of Thurston and Barratt” and that David Wilson has placed Thurston Parish Council’s Thurston Character Assessment at the “core of his design process”.

Sustainability is also a central feature of the design and the new houses will be equipped with air heat pumps and charging stations for electric vehicles, it is said.

You can view the plans and provide feedback via the dedicated project website www.bdw-thurston.co.uk.

Local residents can also give their views free of charge by writing to the Barratt and David Wilson Homes project team via Freepost at Freepost GNL Consultation.

A spokesman for Barratt and David Wilson Homes Anglia said: “We are delighted to launch our consultation to seek feedback from the community and ensure our proposal delivers the greatest possible benefit for Thurston.”

“As the principle of building new homes here is already established by the planning permission, we look forward to working with the municipality to design the details of the appearance of the homes.

“There is a real opportunity here to address the lack of new homes that is pushing young families out of the area they grew up in. With our mix of private and affordable homes, we can help local people take that first step onto the property ladder and stay in the area they call home.

“Our plan is more than just bricks and mortar. We aim to deliver a landscape-led proposal that includes new tree and wildflower plantings, creates new green spaces, opens wildlife corridors and strengthens existing public rights of way.

“At Barratt and David Wilson Homes, quality is at the heart of everything we do and our commitment to quality means we deliver a development with the same look and feel that makes Thurston so special.”

Details of Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ upcoming public consultation events are:

Community Webinar
Date: Monday, July 15
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Zoom (contact [email protected] for registration link)

Public exhibition
Date: Tuesday, July 16
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Main Hall, New Green Centre, New Green Avenue, Thurston, IP31 3TG

By Isla