The layout of our proposed development. Click on the image for a zoomable view.
We have received planning permission for our proposed residential development, which is illustrated in the layout plan pictured right.
Our proposals have been developed following public consultation as well as discussions with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Framlingham Town Council, in consideration with any technical constraints and opportunities.
Key elements of our proposed development are as follows:
- 163 new homes
- A mix of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom houses plus a small number of 3-bedroom bungalows
- 53 affordable houses (including disabled access bungalows)
- Vehicle access from Fairfield Road
- Potential emergency access from Brick Lane
- Pedestrian-only access points along Fairfield Road
- Existing footpaths around the edges of the site to be enhanced and integrated with internal pedestrian links
- Significant area of landscaped public open space at Fairfield Road frontage and throughout the development
- Three children’s play areas
- Existing healthy trees retained and enhanced with new planting
- Sustainable Urban Drainage System to manage surface water run-off and risk of flooding
Public consultation responses
During our public consultation in November 2013, we presented an initial masterplan for a development of up to 200 homes and asked for feedback on our proposals.
Detailed below are our responses to the key issues, concerns and queries raised by local people during the consultation, which have been incorporated within our final scheme wherever possible.
Your comment – The number of homes being proposed for the development is too high.
Our response – We have reduced the number of homes from up to 200 to 163.
Your comment – There is no requirement for new housing in the local area.
Our response – Suffolk Coastal District Council is currently only able to provide land to meet 3.7 years of its 5-year housing land supply requirement. There are also a significant number of people on the local housing register in high housing need. Our proposed development will provide much-needed housing to contribute towards the requirement for affordable homes and to meet the council’s shortfall in housing land supply.
Your comment – Existing local services such as schools and health facilities will struggle to cope with additional demands from the new homes.
Our response – If planning permission is granted for our proposed development, we will provide funding to pay for improvements to local facilities and services which may be required as a result of our development. These contributions will be decided by the council in accordance with local need, though our proposal already includes a commitment to provide appropriate payments towards schools in Framlingham.
Your comment – A variety of property types should be provided to ensure the development meets a range of housing needs.
Our response – Our development will include a wide range of property types, from one and two-bedroom houses through to three, four and five-bedroom houses plus some three-bedroom bungalows. The range of properties being proposed will suit the needs of a variety of homebuyers, including first-time buyers, downsizers, professionals and families. We will also be providing 53 affordable homes for local people in housing need.
Your comment – The new homes should be in keeping with the distinctive character of the local area with appropriate building materials used.
Our response – As part of the design process, we carried out an assessment of key architectural styles, building materials and features of existing homes around Framlingham. This has helped us to ensure that our new homes reflect the character of the local area, with building materials including a mixture of red brick, render, weatherboard cladding, red, brown and grey tiles and a variety of architectural features inspired by existing architecture around the village. The proposed development will be divided into three distinct character areas with each area featuring its own individual design elements. This will help ensure that the development will have an identity and character of its own while remaining sympathetic to its surroundings.
Landscaping and trees
Your comment – As many of the site’s existing trees and hedgerows as possible should be preserved and landscaping should be provided at the edges of the development to help soften views of the site.
Our response – Existing healthy mature trees will be retained and enhanced with new planting as part of the development’s landscaping scheme. Our proposals also include a significant area of landscaping at the western edge of the site to provide good separation between Fairfield Road and the new homes. More than 2 hectares of open space will be provided throughout the development.
Children’s play areas
Your comment – There are not enough play facilities for children currently available in Framingham
Our response – Three children’s play areas are now proposed for the development – a natural play area towards the centre of the site and set back from Fairfield Road, and two Local Areas for Play.
Flood risk and drainage
Your comment – Fairfield Road is currently susceptible to flooding and there is potential for the new development to worsen this problem.
Our response – Our development will include a sustainable drainage system to manage the drainage of the site, ensuring that levels of surface water run-off are no higher than current greenfield levels. This will also ensure that the risk of flooding to neighbouring areas is not increased. There is enough capacity within the existing local drainage network to accommodate both surface water drainage and foul drainage from the development.
Your comment – Local views must be considered in the design of the scheme.
Our response – Our proposed development has been carefully designed to minimise the impact on surrounding areas and important local views. Our final layout has been designed in consultation with Framlingham Town Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council and has particular consideration for views from Fairfield Road, Framlingham Castle and the Church of St Michael.
Traffic and highways
Your comment – The local road network cannot accommodate the additional traffic from the development.
Our response – We have discussed our proposals in detail with Suffolk County Council (the Highways Authority) and we are confident that our development can be delivered without any adverse impact on the condition of local roads or on road safety.
Your comment – The development will worsen parking problems in the town centre.
Our response – Our planning application is supported by a Travel Plan, which includes a package of measures to encourage new residents to choose alternative modes of transport to their cars. The site is also within easy walking distance of the town centre and its facilities, and we are confident that the new homes will not increase the pressure on town centre parking.