Planning permission has been given for 300 homes in the village of Woolpit, Suffolk.

The scheme will be located on land just of Bury Road, delivered by Hopkins Homes, after it was approved with six votes to one at the last Mid Suffolk District Council development control meeting, with an affordable allocation of 20 per cent.

James Alflatt from Bidwells, agent on behalf of Hopkins Homes, said “The scheme is one which we believe represents a sustainable, viable and deliverable solution to bring forward a landscape-led development which has undergone extensive consultation.”

Outline planning was granted in February 2020, despite opposition from the parish council and ward councillor opposing the scheme.

The homes will be heated via air source heat pumps, though there are still concerns that only nine homes will be fitted with solar panels, the car park is in the wrong place and access by bike to the scheme is not safe enough.

Julia Ewans, Woolpit Parish Council chair, said “We are victims of the national and district scramble for housebuilding.”

Under the outline plans, there is an allocation for a new school if needed, though this requires an additional application. The development also includes £1,000,000 of community infrastructure, including improvements to local highways and bus services and land for a burial ground, as well as the school aforementioned.

Bidwells expect that work will commence later this year, with the first homes being occupied by the end of 2023, and the scheme fully completed by 2029.

Image source- Hopkins Homes

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