Consultation begins on draft for new homes and community facilities
Monday 14 November 2022
Residents in Great Barton can now have their say on a draft Development Brief that will bring homes and deliver on many of the community’s ambitions for new facilities.
The draft Development Brief for The Triangle site off School Road, owned by Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Council, has now gone out to public consultation until 23 December.
As well as delivering up to 191 new homes, the draft Development Brief also looks to achieve many of the community ambitions set out in the Great Barton Neighbourhood Plan adopted in June 2021. These include:
- a number of self-build homes
- homes heated using renewable energy rather than fossil fuels
- at least 1.1 hectares of land for the expansion of the primary school
- a new drop off / pick up facility serving the primary school
- a multi-use games area (MUGA)
- children’s play area
- recreational open space
It would also seek to meet the local housing with approximately 60 per cent of the properties provided as 2-3 bedroom homes. The mix of homes suggested in the draft Development Brief also includes bungalows, recognising the need for a mix of different types of housing to meet needs.
The development on the site would deliver 1.71 hectares of land for community use, slightly less than the two hectares outlined in the neighbourhood plan, while the draft Development Brief also sets out that land would be allocated for a community building that could be delivered by other funding in the future.
These community ambitions can only be delivered if the site if financially deliverable which is why the draft Development Brief instead suggests between 184 and 191 homes are built.
While it is recognised that the neighbourhood plan put forward on behalf of Great Barton Parish Council suggested a maximum of 150 homes on the site, the planning inspector, in deciding the plan, said a higher number of homes could come forward if it demonstrated as acceptable in a Development Brief.
Cllr Richard Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Transport Strategy and Waste, at Suffolk County Council, said: “As the majority landowner of this site we want to see it put to the best possible use by bringing new homes and investment.
“The views of the public are important to us and will be incorporated wherever possible to ensure that we deliver what the community needs, so I would urge people to let us know their views and ideas through this consultation.”
Cllr David Roach, Cabinet Member for Planning at West Suffolk Council, said: “Through this draft Development Brief, we have strived to deliver on the community’s aspirations for a better school drop off, new play area, multi-use games area, and recreational space through a scheme that stacks up financially and complies with the adopted version of the neighbourhood plan. The draft Development Brief also includes land for the expansion of the school and for a community building to be built using future funding. This is just a draft at this stage, and it is important that people have a look at the consultation documents and give their input to help shape any subsequent planning application that may then come forward.”
People can view the draft Development Brief and have their say at West Suffolk Council - Consultation on the draft development brief for the Triangle site in Great Barton
There are also two drop-in events taking place at Great Barton Village Hall. These will take place on Thursday 24 November from 3pm to 8pm and on Thursday 15 December again between 3pm and 8pm.