Village in line for 400 new homes

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Plans to build 400 homes in a village where no development was to be approved until 2021 have gone on display.

Developer Crest Nicholson unveiled plans to extend Red Lodge’s Kings Warren development to the east.

James Moody, managing director of Crest Nicholson Eastern, said: “Any application would need to be carefully considered and if successful, works would start in 2014.

“The proposal would include a range of traditional housing from two to five bedrooms and will help generate new jobs and support the excellent community facilities already provided.”

If approved the plans would see the village centre and St Christopher’s CEVC Primary School extended.

A spokesperson for Forest Heath District Council said: “In Forest Heath’s original core strategy Red Lodge was noted as having no further growth before 2021, but that strategy was quashed by the High Court.

“We are now working on a new core strategy and expect it to be in place by late 2014.”

As the council has not allocated enough land across the district for the next five years and has no strategic plan, developers can submit applications in towns and villages deemed sustainable.

Rona Burt, Forest Heath District Council’s portfolio holder for planning, housing and transport, described the council as ‘vulnerable’.

Suffolk county councillor Lisa Chambers said: “I think people are concerned about more housing.”

Residents of Kings Warren development are still waiting for the delayed village centre complex to be completed.

The announcement has halted plans to build a skate park at the east side of the sports field due to its proximity to the proposed housing.

Both Cllr Chambers and the Skate Park Working Group have expressed a wish to work with Crest Nicholson to 
find a suitable site if the next phase of development goes ahead.

A public consultation on the proposal was held at Red Lodge Sports Pavilion yesterday.