Weston Homes has gained planning consent from West Suffolk Council for a new £40m residential scheme on the former Gasholder site on Tayfen Road, in Bury St Edmunds.

Located on a 2.84 acre brownfield site, on which a 1950s Gasholder once stood, the 171-home development will provide 68 one-bedroom and 103 two-bedroom apartments, including 31 affordable housing units, comprising 16 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments.

The plans also feature a commercial unit providing 404 sq m of flexible workspace.

The scheme will provide six new apartment buildings, four to five storeys in height and the scheme will incorporate new pedestrian and cycle routes, plus extensive provision for bicycle storage.

As well as having access to landscaped public spaces, each apartment will benefit from external private amenity space, in the form of a recessed or projecting balcony, or a ground level garden patio.

New vehicular access to the site will be created from Tayfen Road, with a total of 136 car parking spaces, including bays for disabled access needs.

Bob Weston, chairman and managing director of Weston Homes said: “Weston Homes is delighted to have gained planning consent from West Suffolk Council for the 171 new homes housing development on the former Gasholder site on Tayfen Road, in Bury St Edmunds.

“There remains a huge lack of new housing in South East England in relation to demand, so this new development will help to meet much needed market sale and affordable housing provision in the locality. The new scheme will offer homes that are perfect for first-time buyers, young couples and families.”

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