ARMSTRONG RIGG PLANNING
Site: Saxmundham, Suffolk
Client: Hopkins Homes
ARP was successful in securing full planning permission on behalf of Hopkins Homes for 170 houses (including 56 affordable units) on a greenfield site outside the physical limits of Saxmundham.
Development on the site would normally be contrary to adopted planning policy, however, due to a shortage of housing land supply within Suffolk Coastal District, the site’s identification within the Strategic Housing Land Assessment Availability (SHLAA) as being suitable for residential development and the Core Strategy’s recognition that Saxmundham is a sustainable Market Town capable of accommodating significant housing growth, the principle of development on the site was considered acceptable by Officers. In support of the application, ARP produced a competing sites assessment which considered the deliverability of all sites in and around Saxmundham and demonstrated that the application site was the next most appropriate to come forward to accommodate a proportion of the identified housing need for the town.
The approved scheme evolved following an extensive programme of pre-application discussions and a public exhibition was also held for local residents to view the proposal.