Masterplan for St Edmundsbury’s Western Way ‘village’ scheme moves forward after consultation

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

The masterplan for the Western Way development, which would see public services, including health and college education coming together on one site, is moving forward.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet is expected to sign off the revised masterplan for the site plus funds to progress the ground-breaking scheme on Tuesday. This is subject to full council approval in April.

This the second phase of the authority’s Public Service Village and follows public consultation earlier this year.

The proposals, which also involve West Suffolk College and Bury Leisure Centre, include a linked cluster of buildings to house a number of mixed uses.

There is also accommodation for around 300 of the college’s higher education students plus a 1,800 space multi-storey car park which would also serve the leisure centre and college. There has been concern from neighbours over the impact of the six storey car park.

A bus/coach ‘drop off and transport hub’ could be built on the current leisure centre car park while smaller support businesses such as a sandwich/coffee bar could be included in the scheme which leads the way to creating a vibrant and key employment area of the town.

Councillors have been asked to agree £100,000 from the council’s financial strategy reserves to progress the plans.

Phase two also includes the current DHL/NHS Logistics building in Olding Road.