Plan sets out how Forest Heath will expand

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A plan for how 7,000 homes will be distributed in Forest Heath over the next 18 years will go before councillors next week.

If the plan is approved by Forest Heath District Council’s cabinet it will enter a first round of consultation.

The consultation period will offer the opportunity to comment on the sites that have been suggested for development.

Cllr Rona Burt, Forest Heath District Council’s cabinet member for Planning, Housing and Transport, said: “If people do not come in with comments they cannot say afterwards they did not know.

“It’s really very important that they do get involved.”

The Site Allocations Local Plan has been drawn up after a previous plan was thrown out by the High Court in 2011.

A separate document has determined that a minimum of 7,000 homes are required in the period from 2011 to 2031.

The site allocations plan specifies sites preferred for development and will be used to decide applications.

The document names the district’s key market towns as Brandon, Mildenhall and Newmarket.

Mildenhall is allocated 1,070 homes, 900 of which would be on greenfield sites.

It is also anticipated that 4.5 hectares of employment land is dedicated to the town.

Brandon has been allocated 730 homes in the period from 2012 to 2031.

However the document states that if proposals for a developer led relief road prove achievable a significantly higher number of dwellings may be delivered in Brandon.

It is proposed Newmarket receives 1,230 dwellings.

Lakenheath and Red Lodge are named as key service areas.

It is proposed Lakenheath receive 800 homes in the period from 2012 to 2031. While Red Lodge has been allocated 840 dwellings.

Within the council’s plan only 200 of the homes destined for Red Lodge would be built before 2021.

Kentford, Beck Row and West Row are named as primary villages.

The council has proposed that by 2031 these villages will have retained and broadened their service base and facilities.

Beck Row has been allocated 274 new dwellings, West Row 211 and Kentford 193.

Barton Mills, Eriswell, Freckenham, Holywell Row, Icklingham, Tuddenham and Worlington are named as secondary villages.

Sites where development is planned in these villages are outlined in the plan.

If approved the consultation period will commence in December or January.