Masterplan for next phase of ‘public service village’ in Bury is approved

The Western Way masterplan
(Pick Everard) ANL-160125-131007001

The Western Way masterplan (Pick Everard) ANL-160125-131007001

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Councillors have approved a revised masterplan to transform the Western Way area in Bury St Edmunds into a one stop shop for public services.

The proposals are the second phase of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s ‘Public Service Village’ to include health, education, leisure and employment.

The authority’s masterplan for the area has been revised as land from the NHS Logistics site, in Olding Road, could become available.

The masterplan will act as a blueprint for any future development and involves West Suffolk College and the leisure centre.

It includes a 1,800 space multi-storey car park and accommodation for about 300 higher education students at the college.

An extraordinatory meeting of the borough council approved the masterplan on Tuesday night. They also agreed a budget of up to £100,000 to progress with the proposals to the deliverability and design stage.

A report to the authority estimated that work could start on the site in early 2018 but parts of the development not dependant on partnership arrangements such as the car park could be brought forward sooner.