Bloor Homes Eastern has secured planning permission from Babergh District Council for a much-enhanced scheme in Long Melford, Suffolk, with the help of James Bailey Planning.

The reserved matters application for the 150 dwelling scheme was submitted in April 2021, which followed a decision from the Secretary of State in April 2020 to allow an earlier outline application which had originally been refused by the council, before being challenged by an appeal.

The original plans were considered at Barbergh Planning Committee in July 2021, though it was determined that the application should be deferred for additional consideration of the housing mix, design, layout and sustainability measures.

This provided the opportunity for more detailed discussions amongst stakeholders, which included extensive discussions between Bloor Homes, Long Melford Parish Council, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council Officers, and James Bailey Planning.

The outcome of the discussion was a balanced, attractive and high-quality residential scheme, which included creating open spaces and an enhanced entrance feature. Building renders were also updated to be more colourful and use materials such as flint, and landscapes were updated to be better quality to create better public spaces. Electric vehicle charging points were also incorporated across the site.

The scheme was unanimously approved by councillors on 6th October 2021.

Image source- James Bailey Planning

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