Forest Heath District Council approves Lakenheath housing proposals amid education worries

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Proposals for three housing developments in Lakenheath were approved on Wednesday night despite growing concerns over education.

The proposals, approved by Forest Heath District Council’s development control committee, would bring up to 288 new homes to the village.

Deep concerns were raised about pressure on primary school places, a problem to which Suffolk County Council has yet to confirm a solution.

Cllr David Gathercole said: “The most important thing that should be on all our minds is the future of our children.”

Headteacher of Lakenheath Community School Emma Vincent said: “The children of Lakenheath deserve the best quality of education.”

Cllr Simon Cole suggested phasing the developments, to avoid an influx of new residents into the village. This was included as an amendment to the proposals along with ensuring appropriate infrastructure was provided.

Lakenheath Parish Council strongly objected to all three proposals and had threatened legal action if permission was granted.

An application for 67 new homes in West Row was refused by the committee pending further investigations by the local highways authority.