Park Road Haverhill

Suffolk, CB9 7YD

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Planning

The site is located within the administrative boundary of West Suffolk Council (WSC), in the former St Edmundsbury Borough Council (SEBC) area and therefore the policies of the adopted Core Strategy (2010), Haverhill Vision 2031 (2014) and Joint Development Management Policies (2015) have been taken into account when considering the development opportunities for the site. Due consideration has also been given to the guidance set out within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (2023).

The site is a designated secondary school and is therefore in F1 educational use class. The site and former school buildings are not listed or located in close proximity to any listed buildings. The site lies in Flood Zone 1.


The Haverhill Vision document adopted in 2014, allocates the school site for change as per the following policy:


“Policy HV16 Castle Manor Academy: Land is allocated for the expansion and redevelopment of educational premises. An element of residential development may be appropriate on the site of the existing buildings to facilitate the delivery of educational facilities. The amount of land available for development, location of uses, access arrangements, design and landscaping will be informed by a masterplan for the site. Applications for planning permission will only be determined once the masterplan has been adopted by the local planning authority. As part of any new school development, it is expected that the education authority or providing body will prepare and implement a travel plan to reduce dependency on access to the new facilities by car.”


The site has been promoted for residential use through the Draft West Suffolk Local Plan Review to enable education development and improvements on the neighbouring school site (CMA). The current adopted policy (HV16) is being carried forward into the draft consultation. Ongoing discussions are taking place with West Suffolk Council regarding the wording of the policy in the context of the draft local plan consultation, identification of a residential allocation for the site, the quantum of development that can be achieved and the use of a development brief rather than a masterplan.


Due to part of the site’s former use as playing fields, a proposal for residential development will require consultation with Sport England. A sports consultant has been commissioned by the Trust to develop a Sport and Community Strategy and to liaise with Sport England.


In addition to the planning report, the Trust has commissioned; topographical, environmental, and arboricultural surveys which are available in the Data Room.