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Developers withdraw plans for 20 homes at former plant nursery

PUBLISHED: 14:46 05 March 2019

Entrance to the former site of Goldbrook Plants in Hoxne where 20 new homes had been planned. Picture: Google

Entrance to the former site of Goldbrook Plants in Hoxne where 20 new homes had been planned. Picture: Google

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Plans for 20 new houses on the site of a former plant nursery have been withdrawn by developers who say they plan a revised scheme for just a quarter of the number of dwellings.

Plans for 20 new houses at the former site of Goldbrook Plants in Hoxne have now been withdrawn by developers. Picture: Michael Howard Homes/Mid Suffolk CouncilPlans for 20 new houses at the former site of Goldbrook Plants in Hoxne have now been withdrawn by developers. Picture: Michael Howard Homes/Mid Suffolk Council

Suffolk house builders Michael Howard Homes had wanted to demolish dilapidated buildings and build a mix of detached bungalows, semi-detached houses and four and five-bed detached houses on the former site of Goldbrook Plants on Abbey Hill in Hoxne, near Diss.

The proposals had drawn objections from local residents and been opposed by Hoxne Parish Council and Suffolk Preservation Society who said the site was outside the village boundary and remote from local services.

The developers have now gone back to the drawing board after withdrawing the plans and say they plan to submit a revised scheme for five dwellings.

Before its closure the plant nursery was known as specialists in the popular garden plant hostas, boasting an extensive collection numbering over 1,000 varieties.

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