Residents raise concerns about housing plans bordering RAF Lakenheath

Eriswell Road in Lakenheath
Eriswell Road in Lakenheath
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Plans for homes that would sit adjacent to the runway of RAF Lakenheath have raised concerns from nearby residents.

Elveden Estates has submitted plans for 750 homes, along with a school and health centre to be built on land East of Eriswell Road and South of Broom Road.

Nine Lakenheath residents have submitted comments on the application to Forest Heath District Council, many of which express concerns about the proximity of the homes to the runway of RAF Lakenheath.

David Brown, of South Road, Lakenheath, says within his comment: “This has got to be one of the worst ideas ever dreamed up for a housing development, more or less right under the flight path.”

Nick Clements, also of South Road, said in his comment ‘having lived in South road for nearly 15 years I am well aware of the disruptive amount of noise generated by the USAF F15s stationed at Lakenheath, it is impossible to hold a conversation when these are taking off’.

Other concerns raised by residents include the smell of aircraft fuel.

RAF Lakenheath is home to the United States Air Force 48th Fighter Wing. The wing said it typically schedules about 50 flights a day.

RAF Lakenheath’s Squadron Leader Jerry Neild said a Ministry of Defence safeguarding team were looking into the housing proposal.

The applicant conducted a noise survey in the area.

It states that night-time aircraft noise is rare and if measures are taken day-time noise levels will be low in interior areas.

However, in exterior residential areas they will be of ‘major significance’.

The applicant has a second application for 140 homes proposed for land west of Eriswell Road.

Lakenheath Parish Council has called an extraordinary general meeting to discuss several planning applications proposed in the village, which currently amount to more than 1,000 homes.

The meeting will take place ay 7pm on February 17 in the village’s Methodist Hall.