Weston Homes has gained planning consent from West Suffolk Council for a new c. €46.5m residential-led scheme on the former Gasholder site on Tayfen Road, in Bury St Edmunds, which will create 171 new homes, comprising one and two-bedroom apartments, and a commercial unit providing 404m2 of flexible workspace.
Located on an 11,500m2 brownfield site, on which a 1950s Gasholder once stood, the six new four to five-storey buildings will provide 68 one-bedroom and 103 two-bedroom apartments, including 31 affordable housing units. The former Gasholder site is within close proximity of Bury St Edmunds train station and existing green infrastructure at Tayfields Parkland and Tayfen Meadow.
Weston Homes has carefully considered the landscaping of the scheme which will incorporate informal play elements, with an emphasis on new pedestrian and cycle routes, plus extensive provision for bicycle storage.
In addition to having access to landscaped public spaces, each apartment will benefit from external private amenity space, in the form of a recessed or projecting balcony, or a ground-level garden patio. New vehicular access to the site will be created from Tayfen Road, with a total of 136 car parking spaces, including bays for disabled access needs.
The disused Gasholder site – the 1950s-built industrial structure was decommissioned in 2015 and has since been dismantled – sits to the northwest of Tayfen Road, in easy walking distance of Bury St Edmunds’ thriving town centre, which is characterised by attractive conservation areas and an array of shopping, schools and colleges, eateries, GP surgeries and community facilities on hand.
Bob Weston, Chairman & Managing Director of Weston Homes says: “Weston Homes is delighted to have gained planning consent from West Suffolk Council for the 171 new homes housing development on the former Gasholder site on Tayfen Road, in Bury St Edmunds. There remains a huge lack of new housing in South East England in relation to demand, so this new development will help to meet much-needed market sales and affordable housing provision in the locality. The new scheme will offer homes that are perfect for first-time buyers, young couples and families.”