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Land North of Church Road in Bacton

Church Road - Bacton - Stowmarket - Suffolk - IP14 4LG

Taylor Wimpey are preparing a Reserved Matters application for 81 new homes at Church Road, Bacton.

  • Overview

    Land North of Church Road in Bacton

    Welcome to the online consultation for the proposed development for land North of Church Road, Bacton. 

    Given the current situation, and in line with Government guidelines, we are consulting with local residents on the proposals for new homes through our consultation website.

    We remain committed to consulting with local residents on the scheme and incorporating feedback where possible. You are able to submit your feedback by using the Have Your Say button. The deadline for feedback is Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021.

    Taylor Wimpey are preparing a full planning application for 81 new homes and as part of this process, we welcome any comments you have on the plans and will look to incorporate your feedback wherever possible.

    This website will be regularly updated with news on the progress of the development as plans move forward. 

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  • About the site

    About the Site

    The site was granted outline planning permission at Appeal in 2019, after an initial refusal. As the principle of development has been established, a Reserved Matters application is being prepared. This will cover the finer details of the application.

    We would like your feedback on the proposals and comments will be taken on board wherever possible to help evolve the design process.

     

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  • What's proposed

    What's Proposed

    Parking

    • Visitor spaces throughout the development will be provided. Parking will be designed inline with the guidance contained within Manual for streets and local standards in the Suffolk Guidance for Parking 2015.
    • An assessment of the car parking ownership will be made and used to identify the split between unallocated and allocated parking and a balanced approach adopted, this will ensure that adequate parking is designed into the scheme from an early stage, is conveniently located and distributed efficiently.
    • It is envisaged that the majority of allocated parking will be provided on-plot and is generally located to the side of dwellings within an individual parking bay and/or garage just set back from the building line to allow ease of access to dwellings.

     

    Housing Mix and House Types

    • The scale and massing of the proposed development is designed to respond to the site characteristics and create variety in the built form through roofscapes, terraced, semi-detached and detached dwellings. Buildings will be 2 storey in height. The development will consist of 2-5 bed homes with 35% affordable housing.

     

    Landscaping and Open Space

    • Around 1.8 hectares of open space is to be provided as part of this development . This will comprise a large, attractive multifunctional ‘green’ towards the front of the site to Church Road. This space will be enclosed by tree planting in order to filter views into the site. It includes shallow basins to assist in draining the site, wildlife enhancements such as wildflower meadow and marginal aquatic planting to promote biodiversity, as well as an informal ‘kick about’ area. An equipped play area is proposed for north-eastern corner of the site and wildlife corridors run unbroken along the northern and eastern boundaries. This green infrastructure provides new habitats,
    • connects thenorthern and southern open spaces, whilst also contributing to the sites sustainable drainage through a series of shallow, wildflower seeded, swales. The existing pond to the west of the site will also be subject to enhancement works to clear dead wood and low value scrub which will open the pond for native water fowl, amphibians and other wildlife. These areas of open space will be landscaped to include new native trees, hedgerows, shrubs, wildflower meadows and aquatic marginal planting. When delivered it will represent aesthetically pleasing, multifunctional, useable open space for the whole community which will also enhance wildlife habitat and increase biodiversity.

     

    Sustainability

    • Where appropriate, sustainable building construction techniques will be used in line with current building regulations. Sustainable construction measures will typically comprise a combination of the following:
    • Improved energy efficiency through siting, design and orientation
    • Water conservation measures
    • Fabric efficiency in the design of buildings
    • Use of building materials capable of being recycled
    • Element of construction waste reduction or recycling.

     

    Ecology

    • Majority of the site is currently arable land which provides limited ecological potential. Boundary vegetation could be used by small numbers of commuting and foraging bats. The pond on site is currently in a poor state (likely due to high levels of nutrient associated with arable land); the pond could provide good habitats for breeding great crested newts (GCN) with enhancement and management measures. Additional enhancements include the provision of bird and bat boxes on retained trees and new buildings, incorporating hedgehog ‘links’ into fences/walls through the site, incorporating native planting and wildflower meadow areas, and the provision of hibernacula for species such as reptiles and GCN. The proposed development can greatly increase wildlife diversity of the local area.

     

    Heritage

    • The site is located immediately west of the Grade II* Listed Manor House, a designated heritage asset of the highest significance. The proposed development would not interrupt principal views to and from the main southern elevation of the Manor House. The development proposes to take a cue from the building line of the Manor House resulting in a substantial set back at the front of the site of circa 75 metres. The large open space to the front of the site will also provide separation from the other Grade II listed buildings opposite such as the Bull Inn, Ivy Cottage and Tudor House.

     

    Drainage

    • To manage surface water runoff from the development, the proposals will include a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) to control the quality and quantity of water released from the site. Surface water runoff from the development is to be discharged via a connection to the drainage ditch located south of Church Road. It is proposed to attenuate flows within an area of multiple attenuation facilities in the south of the site. The attenuation facilities are to be linked, and collectively will manage flows up to and including the 1 in 100 annual probability storm event inclusive of a 40 % climate change allowance. Flows will be conveyed to the proposed attenuation facilities via a series of shallow swales/filter drains, allowing sufficient treatment of runoff prior to it leaving the development. Maintenance of the surface water management strategy would be undertaken by a private management company.

     

    Concept Landscape plan

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  • Community

    Community Benefits

    The open space on site has been designed with the people of Bacton in mind and will be a place for new and existing residents to relax and play.

     

    A multifunctional space to the South of the site will provide public amenity, surface water attenuation and ecological habitat. Amenity is provided in the form of a kick-about area and there will also be mown paths through the extensive wildflower meadows to encourage walkers.

     

    A further space to the north will provide a community recreation area comprising a range of play equipment and raised grass mounding to encourage natural play and social interaction for children.

     

    The development aims to establish a well-connected movement network, accessible by all users, which will help ensure that all areas of the development are easy to navigate, safe and secure.

  • Updates

    New and Updates

    • February 2021 - public consultation. The deadline for feedback on the public consultation is Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021.