Weavers Green, Land Off Sand Hill, Boxford, Suffolk

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RESOLUTION TO GRANT

Following our first virtual planning committee we are pleased to announce Babergh District Council, has resolved to grant outline planning permission for 64 new homes on a 14 acre site known as Weavers Green, situated off Sand Hill, Boxford, Suffolk (17th June 2020).

Following extensive pre-application discussions and community engagement, Planning Committee members voted in line with the Planning Officer’s recommendation to approve the application.

The site will now be sold to a housebuilder, with a view to first residents taking occupation potentially as soon as early 2022.

PROPOSALS UPDATE

Following on from comments received from Babergh District Council Planning Committee, we have revised our proposals accordingly.

MAIN CHANGES

  • 64 homes (20% decrease in the number previously proposed)
  • Maximum storey heights of the dwellings reduced from 2.5 to 2 storeys
  • Revised layout with dwellings set further back from the A1071 on lower elevations consistent with the existing form of the village
  • Increased landscaping and open space to further soften the appearance and character of the proposals
  • Inclusion of serviced land for the development of a community building (which will be transferred freehold to the Parish in perpetuity)
  • Removal of the failing drainage soakaway serving the adjacent Station Field development and enlarged Sustainable Drainage System (SUDS) negating the risk of surface water flooding
  • Revised sustainability strategy incorporating low carbon renewable energy technologies (heat pumps and solar PV) to achieve carbon reductions significantly exceeding the requirements of the Council’s Local Plan and Building Regulations
  • 35% affordable housing as before (now equates to 22 affordable homes)
  • Mix of dwelling size as before, specifically smaller 1, 2 and 3 bed homes and bungalows for first time buyers and those wishing to downsize

A leaflet drop detailing these changes has been circulated to local residents.

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

Catesby Estates are promoting 14 acres of land off Sand Hill, Boxford in Suffolk, which has potential for new homes including 35% affordable housing.  The site lies within the administrative area of Babergh District Council.

The site is located to the East of Boxford village, off Sand Hill approximately 70m north of the Hadleigh Road (A1071).  The site is in a sustainable location, with a range of facilities within walking distance, including a primary school, pub and village shop.

An Outline Planning Application was submitted in spring 2019 to Babergh District Council for determination.  The Planning Committee refused the application in late 2019.  Following comments raised, a revised submission was submitted Q1 2020.

PLANNING CONTEXT

It is now widely understood that one of the Government’s core objectives is to significantly boost the supply of housing nationally in order to address the ever increasing housing crisis resulting from a lack of affordability in the market and the consequent need for new homes of all types sizes and tenures.  To this end the Government intends to deliver 300,000 new dwellings per year by around 2020.

The National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) published in July 2018 is the Government’s principal policy tool for the delivery of sustainable planning and development across England.  The Framework seeks to deliver the significant increase in new homes that are required in a sustainable manner.

In particular Councils are required to have up-to-date Local Plans that make provision for a local housing requirement (based on a standardised methodology).

At the local level the Council (Babergh District Council) is beginning work on a new Local Plan to replace the current Core Strategy in line with Government policy.  An initial draft will be published for consultation in February 2019.

The Government’s new standard method for calculating housing requirement indicates that a minimum of 439 dwellings per annum[1] will be required in Babergh District over the new Local Plan period to 2036.  This represents a 24% increase beyond the current adopted Core Strategy requirement, which is in the region of 355 dwellings per annum. 

It will therefore be necessary for the Council to allocate and approve new greenfield housing sites in order to meet the minimum requirement in the emerging Local Plan.

Boxford is identified as a Core Village in Policy CS2 of the adopted Core Strategy which will act as a focus for new residential development. The policy goes onto advise that site allocations to meet housing and employment needs will be made.

The status of Boxford as a Core Village will remain in the settlement hierarchy for Babergh District and therefore the village will continue to comprise a suitable and sustainable location for the allocation and development of new homes.

[1] Using the 2014 based household projections as advised by Government in its recent consultation on updates to planning policy and guidance – 26 October 2018

LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?

The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year.

The pressure on the housing market is significant with the demand for homes outstripping supply.  An increase in life expectancy, immigration, single person occupancy and the demand for second homes being just some of the contributing factors.

For many first time buyers and young people, house prices are out of reach, with ever increasing deposits and monthly payments reducing the number of owner occupiers.

STRUGGLING TO GET ON THE HOUSING LADDER?

Boxford is a highly desirable, but expensive place to live, with the average house price being £440,957 (Zoopla) compared to the average house price in the UK is £231,095

Many local people are struggling for the opportunity to get on the housing ladder and find a place they can call home.

Be the first to hear the latest news on our affordable homes by emailing us at info@catesbyestates.co.uk or filling in our HAVE YOUR SAY FORM above

We are keen to hear from young professionals and key workers who are looking to get on the housing ladder in East Horsley.

35% of the new homes delivered at Weavers Green will be affordable housing.

WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

Affordable housing is a combination of social rented, affordable rent and shared ownership housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

RESOLUTION TO GRANT

Following our first virtual planning committee we are pleased to announce Babergh District Council, has resolved to grant outline planning permission for 64 new homes on a 14 acre site known as Weavers Green, situated off Sand Hill, Boxford, Suffolk (17th June 2020).

Following extensive pre-application discussions and community engagement, Planning Committee members voted in line with the Planning Officer’s recommendation to approve the application.

The site will now be sold to a housebuilder, with a view to first residents taking occupation potentially as soon as early 2022.

PROPOSALS UPDATE

Following on from comments received from Babergh District Council Planning Committee, we have revised our proposals accordingly.

MAIN CHANGES

  • 64 homes (20% decrease in the number previously proposed)
  • Maximum storey heights of the dwellings reduced from 2.5 to 2 storeys
  • Revised layout with dwellings set further back from the A1071 on lower elevations consistent with the existing form of the village
  • Increased landscaping and open space to further soften the appearance and character of the proposals
  • Inclusion of serviced land for the development of a community building (which will be transferred freehold to the Parish in perpetuity)
  • Removal of the failing drainage soakaway serving the adjacent Station Field development and enlarged Sustainable Drainage System (SUDS) negating the risk of surface water flooding
  • Revised sustainability strategy incorporating low carbon renewable energy technologies (heat pumps and solar PV) to achieve carbon reductions significantly exceeding the requirements of the Council’s Local Plan and Building Regulations
  • 35% affordable housing as before (now equates to 22 affordable homes)
  • Mix of dwelling size as before, specifically smaller 1, 2 and 3 bed homes and bungalows for first time buyers and those wishing to downsize

A leaflet drop detailing these changes has been circulated to local residents.

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

Catesby Estates are promoting 14 acres of land off Sand Hill, Boxford in Suffolk, which has potential for new homes including 35% affordable housing.  The site lies within the administrative area of Babergh District Council.

The site is located to the East of Boxford village, off Sand Hill approximately 70m north of the Hadleigh Road (A1071).  The site is in a sustainable location, with a range of facilities within walking distance, including a primary school, pub and village shop.

An Outline Planning Application was submitted in spring 2019 to Babergh District Council for determination.  The Planning Committee refused the application in late 2019.  Following comments raised, a revised submission was submitted Q1 2020.

PLANNING CONTEXT

It is now widely understood that one of the Government’s core objectives is to significantly boost the supply of housing nationally in order to address the ever increasing housing crisis resulting from a lack of affordability in the market and the consequent need for new homes of all types sizes and tenures.  To this end the Government intends to deliver 300,000 new dwellings per year by around 2020.

The National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) published in July 2018 is the Government’s principal policy tool for the delivery of sustainable planning and development across England.  The Framework seeks to deliver the significant increase in new homes that are required in a sustainable manner.

In particular Councils are required to have up-to-date Local Plans that make provision for a local housing requirement (based on a standardised methodology).

At the local level the Council (Babergh District Council) is beginning work on a new Local Plan to replace the current Core Strategy in line with Government policy.  An initial draft will be published for consultation in February 2019.

The Government’s new standard method for calculating housing requirement indicates that a minimum of 439 dwellings per annum[1] will be required in Babergh District over the new Local Plan period to 2036.  This represents a 24% increase beyond the current adopted Core Strategy requirement, which is in the region of 355 dwellings per annum. 

It will therefore be necessary for the Council to allocate and approve new greenfield housing sites in order to meet the minimum requirement in the emerging Local Plan.

Boxford is identified as a Core Village in Policy CS2 of the adopted Core Strategy which will act as a focus for new residential development. The policy goes onto advise that site allocations to meet housing and employment needs will be made.

The status of Boxford as a Core Village will remain in the settlement hierarchy for Babergh District and therefore the village will continue to comprise a suitable and sustainable location for the allocation and development of new homes.

[1] Using the 2014 based household projections as advised by Government in its recent consultation on updates to planning policy and guidance – 26 October 2018

LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?

The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year.

The pressure on the housing market is significant with the demand for homes outstripping supply.  An increase in life expectancy, immigration, single person occupancy and the demand for second homes being just some of the contributing factors.

For many first time buyers and young people, house prices are out of reach, with ever increasing deposits and monthly payments reducing the number of owner occupiers.

STRUGGLING TO GET ON THE HOUSING LADDER?

Boxford is a highly desirable, but expensive place to live, with the average house price being £440,957 (Zoopla) compared to the average house price in the UK is £231,095

Many local people are struggling for the opportunity to get on the housing ladder and find a place they can call home.

Be the first to hear the latest news on our affordable homes by emailing us at info@catesbyestates.co.uk or filling in our HAVE YOUR SAY FORM above

We are keen to hear from young professionals and key workers who are looking to get on the housing ladder in East Horsley.

35% of the new homes delivered at Weavers Green will be affordable housing.

WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

Affordable housing is a combination of social rented, affordable rent and shared ownership housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

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