Outline planning persimmon has been granted to build two hundred new homes to the west of Halesworth in a development that will include self-build plots.
Around nine hectares of land, with access off Chediston Street, has been earmarked for the development, with the planning application submitted on behalf of Christchurch Land & Estates (Halesworth) Ltd. Planning chiefs at Waveney District Council gave the scheme the green light.
The development would see 200 homes built, with five self-build plots. Of the remaining 195 properties, 68 will be affordable homes. There will be a wide range of house types from one to four-bedroom properties including detached, semi-detached, terraced, bungalows and apartments.
Pegasus Group created the layout and landscape design for the site, which borders Roman Way on the eastern side.
Jo Brehaut, Pegasus Principal Landscape Architect, said: “Our urban design and landscape teams produced the master plan and we are very happy that outline planning permission has been secured.”
“The site presented several constraints and is set within an undulating valley. We had to consider that the site may be visible from the wider landscape and created a design that lessened the impact through boundary hedge, tree and woodland planting.”
Members of the design team liaised closely with Halesworth Town Council and Waveney District Council, and Pegasus Group was also involved in the public consultation process, which saw an exhibition held in February, attended by more than 150 people.
Jo added: “The exhibition boards provided information relating to the site location, planning and environmental designations, site context, accessibility, site access strategy, concept plan and an indicative masterplan. Various early stage options were tested and developed before refining the illustrative masterplan.”
The proposals included a sustainable drainage system, play area, green space, car-free street scenes and tree planting.
Christchurch Property Company managing director Tony Harris said: “We believe this new development will greatly enhance Halesworth providing a wide selection of house styles. We formed a strong working relationship with Pegasus Group, who have created a scheme that is sensitive both to the landscape and local residents. We are delighted with the outcome.”
Richard Brown, of Richard Brown Planning, said: “We handle a large number of planning applications throughout the year and are naturally pleased with the outcome. Pegasus Group has designed a development that perfectly suits modern life, with plenty of open space and footpath connectivity to the surrounding area.”