Reserved matters approval for a 188-home development in Halesworth has been approved by East Suffolk Council.

The decision follows East Suffolk Council granting outline planning permission for the scheme in October 2019, for a scheme of up to 190 homes on a site south of Harrisons Lane.

The reserved matters application encompassed elements not included in outline permission, such as housing mix – which showed 56 of the homes will be classed as affordable and 83 will be designated as “accessible and adaptable”.

Half of the development will sit in Halesworth town’s boundary and the other half will be part of Holton parish.

A cycle and footpath will connect the site to new sports facilities proposed by Halesworth Campus and a path along the southern boundary will link to the campus site.

Improved pitch facilities at Halesworth Campus will be funded through a £1.64 million community infrastructure levy (CIL) payment by developers. This will join other CIL payments.

The decision was in line with officer recommendations but against those of Halesworth Town Council, which proposed refusal until neighbours’ worries were addressed.

The town council also referred to the small house sizes being inappropriate for families, the site entrance lying directly opposite a property, road safety and lack of parking

Plans include 402 parking spaces across the development, which will include on-street, frontage, on-plot and garage parking, based on an allocation of one spot for one-beds, two spots for two and three-beds and three spots for four-beds.

One and two-bedroom homes will make up 42 per cent of the development, 31 per cent of homes will have three bedrooms and 26 per cent will have four bedrooms.

The properties will be two-storey aside from 15 bungalows, while nine plots will be earmarked for custom-built properties.

The 56 affordable homes will comprise 26 two-bed houses, 16 one-bed flats, 11 three-bed houses, and three two-bed bungalows.

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