Decision deferred on plan for 374 homes

A decision on whether to allow 374 new homes in Red Lodge has been deferred.

Members of Forest Heath’s development control committee agreed the deferment on Wednesday after hearing changes sought by Suffolk County Council to community (Section 106) funding from the developers Crest Nicholson might reduce the level of affordable housing in the scheme from 17 per cent to 14 per cent.

Governors of Red Lodge’s St Christopher’s School had also asked for time to discuss the impact of the plans and were concerned whether the already over-crowded school could cope with more homes. Cllr Simon Cole who questioned giving officers delegated powers to discuss the balance between funding projects said: “I want a plan in front of me. It’s all half baked, this isn’t ready to be a plan,” he said.

Principal planning officer Gareth Durrant said if contributions to libraries and pre-school education, which had been removed, were put back, the level of affordable housing would drop from 17 per cent to 14 per cent. Councillors also called for clarification on education and highways issues and asked for Anglian Water to be included in discussions after complaints from residents and councillors that the sewage system already struggles.