Report sought to determine Lakenheath housing impact

Eriswell Road in Lakenheath
Eriswell Road in Lakenheath
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A report into the infrastructure needs of Lakenheath will be sought before it is decided how the village should be expanded.

Lakenheath Parish Council met on Monday to consider four housing proposals in the village.

Elveden Farms Ltd has submitted two applications to build up to 140 and 750 homes either side of Eriswell Road.

At the beginning of the meeting councillors voted not to support the application for 750 homes.

Plans have also been submitted for up to 67 homes in Briscoe Way and up to 100 homes in Rabbithill Covert.

Lakenheath has been allocated 800 homes up to 2031 in Forest Heath District Council’s housing plan.

Parish council chairman, David Gathercole, said: “The decisions made over the next few months will have a profound impact on this village for the next 100-150 years.”

Members of the public were invited to view plans and speak at the meeting.

Public speakers and Cllr Louise Marston expressed concerns about the effect of aircraft noise on an Elveden Farms site.

Concerns were raised about traffic, health and education provision, conservation, employment and sufficient housing need.

Emma Vincent, headteacher of Lakenheath Primary School said: “I do not feel the school is able to be extended to take more children on.”

Jim Rudderham, estate manager for Elveden Estates said: “We believe we are bringing a scheme forward that’s right for the village in respect of something being forced upon you.”

Elveden Estate’s proposal includes land for a school and health centre, which was praised by Cllr Tracy Whitehand.

Cllr Ian Smith proposed the council seek a study into the infrastructure needs 800 homes will generate. This was agreed by his fellow councillors.

Lakenheath Parish Council can endorse or oppose applications but final decisions on development will be taken by Forest Heath District Council.